While reading Thomas Friedman’s opinion piece on A Tea Party Without Nuts, I started thinking about gerrymandering and the odd shapes and bad politics that it produces.
One thing leads to another. A google search for an odd shape to work with. Why not an amoeba? OK, found one in Dr. Lazaroff’s Biology Class. This leads to a pleasant evening project: computation of the ratio four times pi times the area divided by the square of the perimeter for the amoeba image. (My estimate for this ratio is about 0.22. Click image on left to see homework:-). Next is a longish blog on one of the burning questions of the day: geometry and politics. Hmm, don’t I have other things I should be doing? Like going to bed early so I can be sharp for a day of coding? Hmm indeed!
But this morning comes the payoff. On a lark, I do a wordpress search for “amoeba.” Bingo. Payday! A beautiful collection of images in CAMILLE’S SKETCHBOOK. Highly recommended. There are amoebas … and more amoebas.
One thing leads to another.