Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Possible or Impossible?
This is probably one of the coolest things that I have ever seen. It is modeled after MC Escher's Waterfall painting, which is an optical illusion about water flowing against gravity. MC Escher is a well known artist in the mathematical community for his artwork depicting ideas of infinity as well as patterns, fractals and tessellations.
But what you should be asking: "Is this actually possible?" The mathematician in me wants to say no, but the video is pretty convincing. So immediately I turned to my good friend, Google, and saw what this thing really looks like. If you are curious, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwm-yGCjOjU&feature=related or this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpcIIa2hKRo&feature=related.
I might bring in this video to a classroom at a higher level of math to explore the idea of infinity. It would definitely be a good conversation starter on a concept that is difficult for students to grasp. Maybe it is an illusion, but it is definitely interesting.