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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

You’re Never Too Old to Color—Especially Math Patterns

"Those of us who grew up coloring remember the cardinal rule: stay inside the lines. But those who pick up the Patterns of the Universe by Alex Bellos and Edmund Harriss coloring book have to stay in the sines (and cosines and tangents)." continues WIRED.

“The more you zoom in on the shape, the more the spirals repeat themselves,” Bellos adds. 
 Edmund Harriss/courtesy The Experiment

The book, a collaboration between Guardian writer Alex Bellos and artist Edmund Harriss, is meant to inject some braininess into the relatively simple act of coloring, while not sacrificing the chance it gives your brain to decompress.

“The images in the book are gorgeous. They are also designed to give insight and illumination,” says Bellos. “Coloring in—itself a meditative experience—seemed like the perfect way to introduce the eternal truths and abstract perfection of the mathematical world.”

Patterns of the Universe, out tomorrow, contains 65 different coloring options that let you illustrate everything from fractals to octahedrons. WIRED asked Bellos for his thoughts on some of the best of the bunch.

Additional resources

These Patterns of the Universe reveal their underlying logic as they are filled in, so coloring becomes an act of discovery. Bestselling author Alex Bellos and mathematical illustrator Edmund Harriss include friendly explanations of the math that add to the wonder. Plus, 13 bonus activities at the back of the book invite colorists to help create their own one-of-a-kind designs! 

Source: WIRED