Fractal in Progress…

So last week we had a visit from Kelly Stelle (he’s part of the high energy theory group at Imperial College) who gave us an excellent talk about aspects of supergravity. His work connects to the fascinating ongoing story about finiteness, and the new techniques being used to do the multiloop computations (see a recent Scientific American cover story about some of that – it is misleadingly packaged by the magazine, as usual (preview here), but the article itself, focusing on the computational issues, is nice).

After his talk, I gave him a tour of the campus, and as we passed through the Doheny Library to view the lovely interior, we stopped by the ongoing construction of the Mosely Snowflake Sponge fractal that I told you about here.

They’re making a lot of progress.

We spent a few minutes folding some business cards to contribute some component cubes to the construction, and I took a snap (see photo on left) of Kelly at work. We made two or three cubes each…

Here’s a shot of one of the completed modules lying nearby. (Click for larger view.) Apparently there are other modules put aside, waiting for the final assembly in the Summer.

Go along and fold a few cubes to contribute!

-cvj

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3 Responses to Fractal in Progress…

  1. Mary Cole says:

    What a magnificent project. I hope you will be able to show us the finished work of art/science in the summer!

  2. Margaret Wertheim says:

    Thanks Clifford for the post. We’re having a sponge folding workshop May 14,15,16 where we’ll be making 2 more of the Tower Modules. Anyone who wants to drop by and help is welcome and seeing the Towers evolve is amazing – their internal anatomy is worthy of a thesis.

  3. Tyson Gaskill says:

    Ditto Margaret, thanks Clifford! We’ll keep you posted as this crazy thing morphs into its final shape over the summer.