GardenEDU

Dec. 12th, 2012 12:12 pm
ch3cooh: (Yosemite)

Interested in mathematical origami or Swedish folk music?  How about online education or filmmaking?  If so, you might want to take a look at the project I'm working on, a site at gardenedu.org.  It's a page of video-lessons organized in 2 trees of subject matters: "Swedish Folk Music" and "Origami Design."

aesthetics0

First of all, I hope you just think it's pretty.  I had a lot of fun doing the art - and the visual metaphore is that 'topics' are trees suspending glowing spheres: 'concepts' so to speak.  I'm not enough of an artist to fully demonstrate how beautiful this idea looks to me:  a forrest, (perhaps more like a garden for the variety ;-) full of softly glowing spheres connected by strings of smaller lights, like a neural network of lights draped over a living forrest.  If I could, I'd make a video in which you zoom out now and see that this lit forrest is itself inside a glowing sphere with thin lines connecting it to nearby concepts in aesthetics, education, and engineering:

So, in that order:

AESTHETICS )EDUCATION )ENGINEERING )

And more feedback/recomendations/insights on what's up already would, of
course, be appreciated!  So comment or email me if you have ideas! :)

ch3cooh: (Fringes of Chaos)
Nice!  My HSSP students are SO shiny!  Fringes of Chaos II is officially on for next spring.  I mean, I gave them this:

IFS Fractals, Hausdorff Dimension, Topological Dimension, The Mandelbrot Set, The Chaos Game, Fractals In nature, Colors of Noise, Neural Nets, Intro to Cellular Automata, The game of Life, Fractals in Literature, Fractals in Ancient Art and Architecture,  Rigorously Defined Chaos, Significant Dependence on Initial Conditions, Strange Attractors, The Logistic Equation, Lorenz's Water Wheel, Shannon's Coding, Rigorously Defined Information Entropy, The Philosophy of Entropy in Physics, The Carnot Engine, and Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard

and they still want more!  And so this:

More Information Theory, Statistical Mechanics (thermo), Intro to Continuum Systems, Theory of Computation, Turing machines, Boolean analysis, Computability, Time and Space complexity of algorithms, Decidability, the Halting Problem, Complexity Theory, Interactive proof systems, Non Deterministic Computational Models, and I'll probably throw in some lambda calculus, Godel's Incompleteness, Goldbach's conjecture, and then ending with the edge of Quantum and bounds of Information transfer in physics

is the course I get to prep.
And we're reading through and discussing Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid over the summer. :-)

Aaaaah!  My students rock so much!  This class is going to be awesome!!

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