Sunday, July 9, 2006 11:00 AM
Tom Hanks, star of
"The Da Vinci Code"
and the Holy Grail
A Current Exhibit
A. Diamond Theory, a 1976 preprint containing, in the
original version, the designs on the faces of Nicholson's "Kufi
blocks," as well as some simpler traditional designs, and
B. "Block Designs," a web page illustrating design
blocks based on the 1976 preprint.
The Leonardo Connection
Nicholson's Grail Quest
"I'm interested in locating the holy
grail of the minimum means to express the most complex ideas."
-- Ben Nicholson in a 2005 interview
Nicholson's quest has apparently lasted for some time.
Promotional material for a 1996 Nicholson exhibit in Montreal says it
"invites visitors of all ages to experience a contemporary architect's
search for order, meaning and logic in a world of art, science and
mystery." The title of that exhibit was "Uncovering Geometry."
For web pages to which this same title might apply, see Quilt
Geometry, Galois Geometry, and Finite
Geometry of the Square and Cube.
* "Square Kufi" calligraphy is used in Islamic
architectural ornament. I do not know what, if anything, is
signified by Nicholson's 6x12 example of "Kufi blocks" shown above.