Got this online for a bargain, a nice black hardcover second hand edition. You get to know a lot about the early sixties period during which he stayed in New York before he got famous. A lot of name checking of legendary and contemporary musicians on the Folk scene, but also references to Jazz musicians, Beat poets, art. An exceptionally long portion is spent on his cooperation with the producer Daniel Lanois. Somehow I doubt there’s going to be another volume, but that’s okay.
Hofstadter quoting mathematician Farkas Bolyai, who warns his son with much drama not to try to prove Euclid’s fifth postulate.
Since Sonic Acts have been opening up their archives lately, I thought I’d help them out. This is the cover of the book for the excellent eleventh edition, which focused on and featured many of the innovators of early generative art, such as Manfred Mohr, John Whitney and many others.
Early bird tickets for the 2012 edition are available until December 31st.
Plea for living life as if you are creating an artwork by Dutch philosopher Joep Dohmen. This was definitely a worthwhile read! Focussing on the later ideas of French philosopher Michel Foucault, Dohmen takes us along a journey from ancient Greek and Latin philosophers through the existentialist to modern day society and all it’s difficulties, proposing an enlightening take on life.
A book from my boss‘ shelves. The writer, Jaques Bertin, seems to just have passed away. Bertin, a French cartographer and geographer, is best know for writing “Semiologique Graphique — Les diagrammes, les réseaux, les cartes” (1967) or “Semiology of Graphics — Diagrams, Networks, Maps” after the 1984 translation which, according to WikiPedia, “represents the first and widest intent to provide a theoretical foundation to information visualization”. I made a proper scan of the cover since the best one I could find was on Amazon. The English translation version is yours for the modest price of $199.99. However, a reprint will be available from October this year that should cost considerably less.
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky — 1866
“Patterns are everywhere in nature – in the ranks of clouds in the sky, the stripes of an angelfish, the arrangement of petals in flowers. Where does this order and regularity come from? It creates itself. The patterns we see come from self-organization. Whether in living or non-living systems, there is a pattern-forming tendency inherent in the basic structure and processes of nature. From a few general themes and the repetition of simple rules, endless beautiful variations can arise.”
“This series of three books explores the science of pattern formation in nature. SHAPES looks at the patterning of living organisms, from butterfly wings to leopard skins, body plans and even whole ecosystems. FLOW explains the mechanisms that create ripples in sand, the curling wisps of smoke, and the vortices of hurricanes and galaxies. BRANCHES reveals hidden rules that link forked lightning to cracks and networks of veins and rivers.”