Stingrays/Escher/Prof. Penrose……….The Future?

by Bernie Bell - 11:02 on 04 September 2022

Stingrays/Escher/Prof. Penrose……


This set me off remembering a television programme we watched quite a while ago.  It was about M.C.Escher, and was presented by Professor Roger Penrose.  It’s no longer available to watch, but you can look at some clips from it…. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06csx20#:~:text=Sir%20Roger%20Penrose%20takes%20a,sheds%20on%20complex%20mathematical%20concepts.

Somewhere near the beginning of the programme, Prof Penrose said something like........‘A good way to express complex mathematical concepts, is by the use of  simple images.’  That isn't word perfect - I don't remember his exact words - but gets the gist of it.

And I thought....."As with carved stone balls"

Imagine what Mr. Escher would make of them…..imagine giving him the Extra-Ordinary-A-Symmetrical-Six-Knobber to play with …. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/12/29/mathematical-musings-of-the-neolithic-kind/

He'd turn it in his hands and he'd 'see' the lines in it, and working round it.  He'd then be able to extrapolate that out into images expressing those shapes and then, possibly, turn those shapes into birds and fish and angels....and devils!


I'm seeing Mr. Escher as a successor to the ancient peoples who carved the stone balls and produced other images which have also left us with concepts encoded in those images…..  https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/04/23/stromness-museums-new-exhibitions-makers-then-and-now/

So, there's a thought.

Imagine giving M.C. Escher the carved stone balls to play with.  Imagine.


I wonder is Prof. Penrose aware of the carved stone balls? And, if so, what he makes of them?


The Future?

Has anyone noticed the latest army recruitment ad. on the television?  The future is shown as a bleak wasteland infested with rogue robots and patrolled by vigilant soldiers.

Has anyone else considered the underlying messages here?

Scares the hell outa me.


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/04/06/ayers-rock-ramblings/


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