Tag Archive: drawing instruments

Building Harmonographs: Bridging Maths and Art at Waterloo, Canada

Bridges Lecture Series I spent the last week of February in the land of maple syrup, ice wine and snow. The Bridges Lecture Series is a collaborative project managed by Professor Benoit Charbonneau,… Continue reading

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Manuscript Illumination: learning from a 15th Century Shirazi master

In a recent post I have guest-authored for the British Library Asian and African Studies Blog I was invited to write about some of the library’s manuscripts that I have found most inspiring.… Continue reading

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Ingenious Machines Part 2: Harmonic Vibrations and Messrs. Newton & Co.

The ultimate study of the harmonograph and its history is provided in a book entitled “Harmonic Vibrations and Vibration Figures” published circa 1909, edited by Herbert C. Newton of Newton & Co., “Scientific… Continue reading

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Iron Genie at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford

On Tuesday 8th July we installed my Iron Genie harmonograph at the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. This interactive kinetic sculpture will be in the museum’s “Top Gallery” until the 21st.… Continue reading

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Designing the Harmonograph sculpture

The prototype harmonograph worked well, but I wanted to create something more elegant and original that would paradoxically evoke the sensibilities of the industrial nineteenth century at the same time as expressing the… Continue reading

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