My mathematical artist friend "Karl Kempton" sent me this lovely gift on my b'day today. Thanks Karl! BTW. I share my b'day with Levi Strauss, Victor Hugo, Micheal Bolton and a dutch artist friend. Incidently, all have had artistic capabilities. ;-)
I did an Image processing analysis of my symmetrical drawings on MS Paint (by writing an image processing application in C++ ofcourse) using the IPL98 library. I did a statistical analysis for 12 ambigrams (which is a small sample space). You can see some of them on my Ambigrams link.
Surprisingly, I didn't get any result to be a perfect one (that means an ambigram). All the pictures had some error which is quite practical as I was analyzing on the basis of pixels and all the pictures have been hand drawn. The average percentage error which I got is 16.3467 which is quite high.
I think I still have to go a long long way to get that perfection.
[Please Note: There is a bug in the compilation of the IPL98 Library. If you download it and try to compile it, it would give an error in one of the classes. I tried to report the bug, but I didn't get any response. I solved it though. ;)]
“There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art or great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.” - Bertrand Russell
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." - Pablo Picasso
In this post, I would like to mention two of my friends who have given me an insight into the world of visual mathematical poetry.
Thanks Karl and Kaz.
Kaz Maslanka www.kazmaslanka.com www.mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com Karl Kempton http://www.thing.net/~grist/l&d/kaldron.htm See this link for Karl's works (many of 'em) - http://mathematicalpoetry.blogspot.com/2006/07/karl-kempton-links.html
Also, to inform my readers, I did the translation of mathematical poems by Kitasono Katue in Hindi for Karl Young. Have a look here and if you know Hindi, please feel free to point out my mistakes, if any.