You bring back some very old memories. My first obsession with mathematics
was through polar plots. That such beauty could be generated through a few
symbols was incredible to me. Three years later in high school, I saw this:
somewhere. It was Knowlton's work. I think I wrote some sort of ridiculous letter to
him and he actually replied. Big influence. I ended up writing FORTRAN code to
draw plots and print banners in ASCII. Note the closeup which appear to be
symbols for diodes, transistors, and arithmetic operations.
On Aug 27, 2013, at 12:33 PM, esteban garcia <email@example.com> wrote:
> Greetings Yasmin,
> I have been following this thread with interest, reminding me of the very
> origins of computer art. Art practices can inform scientific processes vice
> The Bell Research Laboratories activities during the 1960s are an example
> of how artistic experimentation led to the discovery of new technologies. A
> select group of scientists were asked to be creative to make something
> without a set goal in mind. They were invited to experiment or play with
> technology, in order to foster innovation; the results were outstanding.
> Thanks to the experiments, digital photography was created by the
> collaborative efforts of artist Ken Knowlton and Leon Harmon in 1966.
> Another case is Purdue University Professor Aldo Giorgini (1934-1994), who
> produced some of the first color and three-dimensional river simulations.
> While a professor of Civil Engineering since 1967, Giorgini excelled both
> as computer artist and computational hydraulics pioneer.
> A good text to review with this history is Enrique Castaño's dissertation,
> fully online, but unfortunately not translated:
> Thank you,
> Esteban García
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