Badab-e Surt (باداب سورت) is a natural site in northern Iran. It comprises a range of stepped travertine terrace formations that has been created over thousands of years as flowing water from two mineral hot springs cooled and deposited carbonate minerals on the mountainside.
Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas dates back to 1947 when Edward James was living in Mexico, in semi-exile. Deep within the rainforests of Mexico, seven hours outside of Mexico City, lies a magical hidden gem that very few have had the pleasure of stumbling across. It’s called Las Pozas and it is a sculpture garden, tucked away from prying eyes and at one with nature. It was created by a man named Edward James, an eccentric man who spent millions to create this magical wonderland that’s comprised of 20 acres of natural waterfalls and mountain springs.
In differential topology, Smale’s paradox states that it is possible to turn a sphere inside out in a three-dimensional space with possible self-intersections but without creating any crease, a process more commonly and historically called sphere eversion (eversion means “to turn inside out”). This is surprising, to those who understand regular homotopy, and is hence deemed a veridical paradox.
Images: The award winning computer animation Outside IN explains the amazing discover, made by Steve Smale in 1957, that a sphere can be turned inside out by means of smooth motions and self intersections, without cutting and pasting. It convincingly demonstrates how valuable vizualization can be in the communication of mathematics - Source & full size at Outsite In - geom.uiuc.edu.
SCULPTING HUMAN EVOLUTION
Paleoartist Elisabeth Daynès is reconstructing human evolution through her sculptures.
The sculptures above are in no particular order.
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