|Interesting People & Ideas|
Martin Gardner: Mathematical Games (MG)In 1961, my 7th grade math teacher, Ray LaLonde, shared Martin's June (1961) Brain Teasers column with the class. Or it could have been some other Mathematical Games column. Anyway, I was hooked. After checking out previous columns in the library, I subscribed to Scientific American! I first corresponded with Martin Gardner in 1968 about Langford's Problem as a freshman at Gonzaga University.
Here is a page on how Martin enriched my life [G4G].
The Gathering for Gardner is a bi-annual conference dedicated to Martin's work.
Buckminster Fuller: Comprehensive Anticipatory Design Science
A bio of Fuller, with links: [R. Buckminster Fuller].
On the evening of February 5th, 1979, Fuller gave a talk,
Christopher Alexander: Notes on the Synthesis of FormChristopher Alexander on design and the hierarchical decomposition of systems.
Christopher Alexander, et al: A Pattern LanguageThis book of 253 patterns was compiled over a period of 8 years by a team of six people. The patterns range from regional down to to where you are right now. A Pattern Language stimulated the development of pattern languages for software development, and many other areas.
G. Spencer-Brown: Laws of FormG. Spencer Brown, invented a predicate calculus for Logic. My notes on The Laws of Form.
Howard T. OdumHoward T. Odum, created an energy flow diagramming language, and analyzed energy flows in ecosystems, and eventually in society.
Wikipedia article on Howard T. Odum.
A Page on Energy Systems Language
HT Odum is mentioned here on a broad topic wikipedia page: Ecological Economics.
I took an NSF chautauqua course 'W-17 Energy Systems' with Howard T & Betty Odum - probably in the summer of 1978. For my project I made a huge diagram of all the energy flows in a Dwelling and turned it in. They ask to keep it. Years later I wrote to ask if I could get it back, but got only an apology! Here is a smaller version of it on a blackboard. (No iPhone or digital cameras back then — otherwise I would have a photo of it!)
Austrid Lindemaier: L-SystemsAustrid Lindemaier, L-System is a transformational grammar that attempts to describe the growth patterns of plants (mainly). And Leaves?
Need link to ABOP, etc!! This book is on the web.
Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)How to characterize Howard Rheingold? He paints his own shoes.
I particularly like his essay:
The Shape of the Universe,
about the importance of tree structures, and the tree as a form or archetype.
If we had greater awareness, we might
Andrew Weil, et.al.: Sound Body, Sound MindThis is an interesting piece of musical and frequency engineering. It combines brainwave-inducing frequencies with a musical score that matches the intended mental states. Very relaxing. Here is an excerpt from the little book that comes with the CD. Produced by Andrew Weil, Joshua Leeds, Richard Lawrence, and Anna Wise.
Andrew Weil: Spontaneous HealingI heard an interview with Andrew Weil on NPR in about 1972. I have been reading his books ever since. I have a brief review of his book Spontaneous Healing. Also see The Natural Mind, and The Marriage of the Sun and the Moon. Search the web for references to these with Andrew Weil's name, or visit his very own
Ask Dr. WeilHome Page!
Carl G. Jung
See also Joseph Campbell, Hero's Journey, etc.
OpenThree movements are combining to transform government at all levels, Open Source, Open Data, and Open Government. [LINK].
Tent Cities and Tiny HousesThis book! TENT CITY URBANISM — From Self-Organizing Camps to Tiny House Villages, by Andrew Heben [LINK].
Green City Program
This is a mostly forgotten about project that issued a awesome report (in my opinion) Green City Program for the San Francisco Bay Area Towns & Cities, 1989, revised in 1991.
The report has 9 Chapters, listed below.
Each chapter explores one thing (X) via the following form:
The booklet is out of print of course, and there is no e-book version.
Green City activities in the SF Bay Area are listed on [Planet Drum].
A Sustainable City or eco-city as a more recent term. [Wikipedia].
Democratic by DesignAlternative Institutions. The author references Alexander. More here ASAP. JM May 2020.
Co-housing is the name of a type of collaborative housing that attempts to overcome the alienation of modern subdivisions in which no-one knows their neighbors, and there is no sense of community.
Calendar ReformWhat do you think of our current calendar?
I was amazed when I saw the Barlow Calendar to think that the calendar could be done more sensibly. Every month has the same 28 days, starting with Monday on the 1st. Barlow has various extra calendar days at the end of each month — days that are not days of the week. They are 'nodays'! Here's the Barlow calendar, with notes to other alternative calendars: [LINK].