I want to start the week off with the “droste effect,” which is when a picture appears within itself. It’s an example of “self-similarity,” which we will discuss a little later in the semester. It’s also an example of an infinity which gets infinite small, just as happens with Zeno’s dichotomy paradox and the coloring exercise we started last week. For more on the droste effect, see:
- The Wikipedia article on the Droste Effect
- This video by the Wild Beasts, which exhibits a spin on the droste effect that is very popular right now
- The above spin on the droste effect is derived from artist MC Escher, and you can learn more about that as well.
- This Flickr pool also has some great examples of Escher’s droste effect.
Later, we’ll be going off in search of that bigger infinity that I claim exists, and we’ll be watcing more of this TED education video from last week: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-big-is-infinity.