Euclid

SCP-1810: Mr. Pierrot

SCP-1810 is a 3.8 m tall, 81.6 kg humanoid entity covered entirely in charcoal gray cloth of an unknown material, including a mask which completely obscures its face. In addition, two large discs constructed of an unknown alloy protrude from the approximate position of its ears. All items have shown so far to be impossible to remove from SCP-1810. It is fluent in the French language (albeit at the level expected of a child) and prefers to be called “Pierrot”, a name written on the inside of its jacket collar. The entity has displayed no physical changes or aging despite being in containment for nearly 70 years. It is theorized that it is functionally immune to the effects of aging, and will continue to live indefinitely unless it is decommissioned. As of the aftermath of Incident 147-1995-7, SCP-1810 shows no abnormal healing capabilities, healing from wounds at a similar rate to humans. See Addendum 1810-C1 for more information.

SCP-1810’s anomalous properties manifest when it comes within 500 meters of children who it deems “lost.” SCP-1810 will take them into its care, and will attempt to provide for their needs or wants. However, there seems to be some disconnect in SCP-1810’s understanding of the child’s needs. It will often resort to violent methods and theft to provide for the children, and shows a preternatural level of strength when it comes to protecting them or tending to their needs.

SCP-1810 was brought to the Foundation’s attention in 1947, when witnesses reported a creature kidnapping children and stealing various objects from a neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris, France. Several photographs and reels of film depicting SCP-1810 were discovered and subsequently filed away in Site 147’s records vault, and the Foundation has administered amnestics to all known eyewitnesses, planting a cover story of a carnival worker kidnapping and murdering children from the area.

Additional information about SCP-1810, including its past, can be found in the primary document.

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Helen Friel’s “Here’s Looking at Euclid”

Mathematics is like art; you either understand the concepts (i.e., you ‘get it’), or you become completely lost when coming into contact with them. Some people are able to understand both complex theories and expressions in art, and equations that, for some people, look like a bag of numbers and symbols exploded onto a piece of paper. In 1847, Oliver Byrne, a civil engineer and author, published a book called “Euclid’s Elements” which used coloured graphic explanations of each geometric principle. The style of graphics is similar to that of the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements, but since the book predates each, it could very well have been an inspiration for the creativity of the modernists.

Fast forward to the present, and a new rebirth of this book’s mathematical illustrations is inspiring paper engineer and illustrator Helen Friel to create three-dimensional sculpture replicas of the exact graphics in the book. The artists’ series, entitled “Here’s Looking at Euclid” (2012) uses the instructions found in Byrne’s book to create tangible mathematical theorems in the palm of your hand. Sure, it is a cool sculpture all on its own, but it is also an amazing tool to help teach people these theorems, especially those who are more visual learners and have difficulty concentrating on a page full of numbers.

If you would like to make one of these sculptures yourself, you can download and make your very own paper model of Pythagoras’ Theorem here.

-Anna Paluch

How and Why did Newton Develop Such a Complicated Math?

To many people, there’s a certain four letter word that strikes great fear into their hearts: math. Mathematics has a reputation for being a subject of the elite–a terrible, confusing, jumbled mess of illogical expressions and rules, which many people just give up trying to decipher at some point. Nevertheless, many students of mathematics (formal and informal), persevere through years of algebra and arithmetic to find themselves facing a very different beast – Calculus.

In truth, mathematics IS complicated and advanced, and it took hundreds of years to develop this language–the language that can accurately describe the universe we live in. Initially, math arose to solve problems and predict outcomes in everyday life, and as humans became more interested in how the world worked, they were faced with limitations of their current mathematical theories – which is why many people throughout history worked to create new and better models of nature, leading to advanced mathematics – here is how Newton (among others) created some of the most dreaded mathematical equations that we know today.

Find out how here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/how-and-why-did-newton-develop-such-a-complicated-math/

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Erwin Redl. The Toledo Museum of Art is exhibiting Redl’s newest work, Floating, In Silence (2013) in its SANAA-designed Glass Pavilion. Redl developed Floating, In Silence as a resident artist in the TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project.

These are Redl’s photos of Matrix II (2000-11), which was included in “Ecstasy: In and About Altered States” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2005. Redl discusses this work – and altered states! – on this week’s program.

Redl was born in Austria, came to the United States on a Fulbright and now lives and works in Bowling Green, Ohio. He’s exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, in the Whitney Biennial, at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, where he was in residence in 2003. Thorough documentation of Redl’s work is available on his website.

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A woman teaching geometry, from a 14th century illustration attributed to Abelard of Bath

In this 14th century illustration from a copy of Euclid’s Elements, a woman is shown holding a compass and square, teaching geometry to a group of monks.

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SCP-026: Afterschool Retention

SCP-026 is a condemned 3-story public school. It came to the Foundation’s attention after several disappearances in the area were linked to visits to the abandoned building. Graffiti and other writing has been noted to disappear and reappear in new locations. The phrase “The children used to sing” has appeared multiple times in various places throughout the building, but there is currently no explanation for its significance.

A number of unconscious subjects have been found in the building, mostly of high school age, ranging from twelve to eighteen and dressed in accordance to the school’s dress code. Several have been identified as former students or faculty of the school who disappeared after the school shut down (in at least one case, more than ten years after the closure). It is currently unknown how they were transported back into SCP-026. All attempts to wake the subjects while inside the building have failed. On being removed from the grounds of SCP-026, the subjects wake abruptly. They experience a period of confusion, before dying from extremely rapid dehydration, followed by advanced decomposition.

An interview with the former principal of the school can be found here. An interview with an agent affected by SCP-026 can be found here. Exploration logs documenting the spatial anomalies of SCP-026 can be found here.

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PYTHAGOREAN TRIPLE
 ►TOP◄  A Pythagorean triple consists of three positive integers
     a, b, and c, such that a2 + b2 = c2

  • Such a triple is commonly written (a, b, c).
  • A well-known example is (3, 4, 5).

A right triangle whose sides form a Pythagorean triple is called a Pythagorean triangle. (Pythagorean triple - Wikipedia)

BOTTOM  A depiction (by Adam Cunningham and John Ringland) of all the primitive Pythagorean triples (a,b,c) with a and b < 1170 and a odd, where a is plotted on the horizontal axis, b on the vertical. 
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