A Brit with a Math degree and teaching qualifications, I emigrated to the States in 1979 along with a wife and three young children. At various times I have been teacher, pension consultant, sheet metal worker, computer repairman, programmer, and the voice on the end of the phone at various call centers.
Having no formal training in hardware or software, I picked up those skills as I went along. Somehow I have managed to scrape by.
I have always had an interest in geometric shapes, spending hours doodling impossible polygonal constructions when I should have been playing outside. When I first went onto the shop floor as a sheet metal worker back in England, I noticed that an awful lot of time was spent laying out flat patterns by hand. (This was before CAD and the Personal Computer)
For large installations such as ducting big enough to drive a bus through, this meant a lot of crawling around on the floor managing cumbersome drawing instruments. "'Arf a mo'" I said to myself (I had a Cockney accent), "There's got to be a better way."
This led to the beginning of my programming career - translating Math into code, in this case to derive the shapes of metal sheets and plates in the flat. My first programmable calculator, an HP41C cost about $300 in 1980. The HP 35s (much advanced) was $40 in 2019.
For anyone interested, the flat layout for two intersecting cones looks like this:
The two illustrations above are from the English sheet metal worker's Bible: "The Geometry of Sheet metal Work" by A. Dickason, published by Pitman1978 (long out of print).
I mention this (as a former teacher) to illustrate that Math can come in useful at the most unexpected times. So for any students reading this: listen up in Math class!
I started making the images on this website in the early 1990's, inspired by this book that my first-born brought home from his Math class - a combination of theory and beautiful pictures, often referred to as the first coffee table Math book:
The rest,as they say, is history.
"Alone I did it. Behold the fruit of pensive nights and laborious days.."Sherlock Holmes (in "His Last Bow")
"It's my own invention."The White Knight in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass"
"The products of the mind are not to be bought and sold like a pound of cheese."Ludwig van Beethoven