pyxxo Posted March 23, 2009 Share Posted March 23, 2009 (edited) When we design, create, build or arrange objects, the most basic, fundamental shape we use is the right angle and its progeny: the rectangle, square, cube and cuboid. Here's the modern city of Johannesburg, beside the city of Kahun, near Giza in Egypt, built 5,000 years ago: Both built on right angle grids. Here's some game boards: chess, tic-tac-toe, sudoku, a crossword, scrabble: all played on square grids. The screen you're viewing this post on, all the windows it contains, the menus, the icon, character, button and picture spaces, and the pixels themselves ... are, from a visual standpoint, all designed with the right angle as the most rudimentary concept. Here's various sports pitches: basketball, football, badminton, snooker, volleyball: All rectangles. If you're not commuting right now, chances are you're reading this inside a room... a room made from right angle corners, in a building built with right angle corners ... all made from right angle bricks. Here's an exercise for you do. Take a piece of paper, a pen, and multiply 34 by 27. *Don't* use a calculator. Do it manually. Don't read any further until you have the answer. .... .... .... .... .... When you wrote out the calculation, you organized the numbers into a right angle grid. You put each number (apart from the carried numbers) into it's own imaginary, rectangular box. In school, you learnt this on squared paper. Look back at the paper now, and draw the lines between the numbers where the squared lines would have been. Now pause for a moment and imagine how many times per day, across the world, a graph is shown: and that graph is almost exclusively a right angle graph. Why not draw the graph at 85 degrees? We could, of course, display the same information, with the same data points, on a graph at 85 degrees, and it would be perfectly valid: But we don't. We show it at 90 degrees. Because 85 degrees feels wrong. And 90 degrees feels right. The human mind sees 90 degrees as the most perfect angle, simply because at it's root, spatially, the right angle is the simplest, smallest unit of mental processing. All of this is explained further in this video Please watch the full video set before replying here. Thanks. Edited March 23, 2009 by pyxxo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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