Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Today It's Gnomons
Gnomons seem to have a lot of different definitions which makes it difficult for someone like me (one that needs clarity) to explain what it means. 'The part of a sundial that casts a shadow?' Or, how about this one: 'that which, when added to an entity (number or shape), makes a new entity similar to the starting entity.' And I really like this one because I can see it: Gnomon is the name given to an aesthetic process utilized by James Joyce, in his set of short stories, Dubliners, whereby the whole of the character is revealed by a single part. I only know I thought of circles when we discussed them in our class. And complimentary colors.
Next, we move onto symmetry and rigid motion...does that sound like an oxymoron to anyone besides me? You know, rigid (unmoving) and motion (moving)? We shall see. It's all about keeping an open mind, I guess.