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October 21, 2010 |
What do coastlines, clouds, cauliflower and the stock market have in common? Mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot may not have conceived the question, but he provided an answer ? one that was compelling in its originality and startling in its usefulness in fields as unrelated as geography, medicine, art and finance. Mandelbrot, 85, who died of cancer Oct. 14 in Cambridge, Mass., was the father of fractals, a term he coined in 1975 to describe a new branch of geometry that seeks to make sense of irregular shapes and processes, from the infinite zigs and zags of a seacoast to erratic fluctuations on Wall Street.
January 17, 2010 |
Could it be that when singer-actress Lauryn Hill covered the classic "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" she was actually paying tribute to the sweeping coastal and city views from the home she owned in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates? The midcentury modern boasts a fully retractable wall of glass and a broad vista that stretches from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Marina del Rey, taking in Century City and much of West Los Angeles. Catalina Island joins the tableau on a clear day. Adding to the property's celebrity pedigree, radio personality Tom Joyner was among the owners since Hill, according to property records.
June 21, 2009 |
A pop of coral can instantly take a simple summer item from plain to powerful, just by adding a splash of the fiery hue. From the real deal in jewelry containing the branch-like sea life to the imprint of its skeletal silhouette printed on sandals, mini-dresses and beaded maillots, coral in all forms is hitting stores in various pieces and in a refreshing range of prices.
June 19, 2009 |
New York-based artist Peter Macapia comes to art making with weighty credentials, a vision that spans multiple fields -- including visual art, design, architecture, urban planning, geometry, physics and mathematics -- and a theoretical vocabulary that's likely to challenge even the most determined layman. His CV, indeed, is a little dizzying. He has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a master's in history from Harvard and a PhD in theory and criticism from Columbia. (His advisor was critical heavyweight Rosalind Krauss.
May 3, 2009 |
Angled steel beams, walls of glass and polished concrete floors create an intricate series of geometric shapes in a contemporary-style house that's designed to follow the slope of the Malibu hillside it sits on. The home is in Point Dume, known for its panoramic ocean views, and for being an enclave for celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Kenny G and Martin Sheen. It was designed by New Mexico architect Bart Prince.
October 5, 2008 |
CAR WRECK prints embroidered with glass shards, aerodynamic forms frozen in motion -- Hussein Chalayan's Spring collection, titled "Inertia," captured the chaos of a week when the global economic crisis was hurtling out of control and Washington was stalled trying to fix it.