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Fourfield : computers, art & the 4th dimension

Author: Tony Robbin; Rudy v B Rucker; Linda Dalrymple Henderson
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Although a fascination with the fourth dimension and the search for ways of depicting it have engaged artists for more than a century, only the computer makes such depiction truly possible. Using the computer as a tool, painter and sculptor Tony Robbin has devoted his life as an artist to this quest. Fourfield is both a record of that quest and an eloquent testament to the value of its fulfillment. The understanding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Robbin; Rudy v B Rucker; Linda Dalrymple Henderson
ISBN: 082121909X 9780821219096
OCLC Number: 24589909
Notes: "A Bulfinch Press book."
Accompanied by 3D hypercube drawing and stereo red and blue cardboard glasses.
Description: 199 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword / Rudy Rucker --
Introduction / Linda Dalrymple Henderson --
1. Einstein's Cave --
2. Emotional Equations: Space in Mathematics and Art --
3. Chinese Boxes and Shadows from Heaven --
4. Patterns in the Ether --
5. Curvature: Lobofour and Nonclid --
6. Time in Space: Three Enigmas of Space --
7. Exebar Speaks! --
Appendix 1: Vincent Van Gogh's Letter --
Appendix 2: Hardware and Software Notes.
Responsibility: Tony Robbin ; foreword by Rudy Rucker ; introduction by Linda Dalrymple Henderson.

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Probing terrain from which most artists run - relativity, non-euclidean geometry, hypercubes and quasicrystals, this book assists the reader in seeing 4D imagery, packaged with "Fourfield" 3D  Read more...

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