Dancing Factorization Diagrams

An interactive promenade of primes, composites, and their constituents

November 6, 2012
(image: Stephen Von Worley)

Stephen Von Worley from Data Pointed, just released Factor Conga, “a promenade of primes, composites, and their constituents, arranged with an aesthetically-tuned variation of Yorgey’s rules, one per second.” It refers to Brent Yorgey’s Factorization Diagrams, published at The Math Less Traveledearlier in October.

Initially, the idea was to make it work as a clock, explains Stephen:”Our first tango would be inspired by the digital clock, with a separate diagram for each of the hours, minutes, and seconds”. Although elegant, the idea didn’t work out :

“Quite simply, there wasn’t enough ‘panache’ – dynamic range – because while hours go up to 23, and minutes and seconds to 59 (*), the diagrams don’t really start cooking until they reach the triple digits. And, per the choreography, zero maps to a motionless blank space, which, represented by an alternate step, becomes a stray left foot in a square clog, staggering unnaturally among the positive, round-slippered wholes.”

Head out to Data Pointed to play with the Interactive. Give it a couple of minutes, as the numbers go by – it starts to get interesting after the first couple of hundreds.

(image: Stephen Von Worley)

Links: Data Pointed – Dance, Factors, Dance: A Variation On Yorgey’s Factorization Diagrams | The Math Less Traveled – Factorization diagrams

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.