This week I visited New York Hall of Science with Alex, Brian, and Will. The Connected World and Mathematica exhibit that we visited were interesting. The Connected World is an animated environment that are immersive and environment responds to your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance.
The ecosystem of connected world has six environments juxtaposed at one space: jungle, desert, wetlands, mountain valley, reservoir, and plains
Each has its own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water from the waterfall projected several feets high and flows out across an interactive floor that connects these environments. As visitors, you can explore and interact with these features.
The environment reads your actions – gestures, movements, and decision and interprets them with both the short and long-term effects. This helps one understand the interconnectedness of different environment and see how individual and collective actions of humans can have a widespread impact on nature.
The second exhibit Mathematica was more scientific and informative in nature. The exhibit highlighted the significance of mathematical concepts and its application in theory. One great exhibit was the interactive experiment for what Kepler helped explain the further away the object was from the pull of gravity, the slower their orbits would be. The marbles moved slowly at first and gradually increased speed as they got close to the center.
Overall the visit was quite useful and I learned about different ways data is generated and visualized. I also learned the important relationship between mathematics and visualization. including some mathematical concepts that are used for visualization such as golden ration and Fibonacci number.