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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Children's Book Week - May 4-10, 2015

I am pleased to announce the 96th annual Children's Book Week which will take place during the first full week of May. During this event, events will be hosted across the country in all 50 states with a focus on encouraging children to engage in reading and exploring new books. 

Look for events near you by visiting the CBW Web site. Beginning in March, children can vote for their favorite new books of the year. So encourage any kids you know to get out, read, and vote! And starting in April, be sure to have them read and vote for Fibonacci Zoo! Voting is currently closed, but you can visit this site for more information. 

I hope to be hosting an event in Chelan, WA, either at the Chelan Public Library or a Riverwalk Books as part of this year's celebration. Stay tuned for more information.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fibonacci Zoetropes

Say what? Yes, zoetropes. And I have to confess. Before today, I had never heard that term before. But now that I have and have seen this video, I can't stop thinking about them.

What you are about to watch is the remarkable work of one John Edmark. John printed a number of 3D sculptures, each in its own way reflecting the Fibonacci Sequence. In one of the links, you will see how the 'golden angle' shows up in these pieces of art.

But the art isn't the real art here. He started them spinning, some up to 550 rpm, and then captured their spins with a stop-action video camera with a very fast shutter speed (1/2000 of a second). The combination of spin and shutter speeds produces a strobe-like effect, and the results are breathtaking.

Please take a few minutes to enjoy John's video work, and then follow the links to see some of the behind the scenes details of all that went into this production. Fibonacci. It never stops.

Try these links for the story behind this incredible video: