Probably the World’s Largest Harmonograph

This is just a quick update on our Prototyping the Harmonograph post of a couple of weeks ago. We since installed the PWLH (Probably the World’s Largest Harmonograph) in the gallery, and it has been up and swinging since the start of the Festival of Numbers on 11 March. Why do we call it “probably…

It’s Raining Pi!~

What a blast! We celebrated Pi (π) Day in style on 14 March at Science Centre! The revelry was contagious – kicking off in the office! The Pi-fever later spilled into the Gallery spaces with 100 sporting guests joining a Pi Circle at our Atrium – closer to midday! Each of us held a numbered card – representing a digit of Pi (3.14…), and participated…

A great cause for celebration!

By Sharmin Taj When we were students, Mathematics was something we had all feared at one point in time. We can recall the countless formulas, shapes and equations that we had to remember, all to solve a question on how many apples a boy had. “Practice makes perfect!” our teachers would say, while handing out a…

Prototyping the Harmonograph

These days, I rarely go behind the scenes in our workshops here at the Science Centre, but for the upcoming harmonograph installation at our Festival of Numbers I got the opportunity to do just that. A harmonograph is a pendulum-driven drawing machine that combines two or more harmonic movements to produce beautiful patterns of graceful…

The joy of discovery

Two weeks ago I made a mathematical discovery. I am not a mathematician, but I enjoy fiddling with numbers and spreadsheets, and I had been playing around with a Galton Board simulation for an animated Chinese New Year greeting card I was designing. This card involved chickens laying eggs onto a Galton Board with ten…