Jack Vanzet

MIR Publishers, Moscow USSR. 1968.

The Bean Machine or Galton Box is a device invented by Sir Francis Galton to demonstrate the central limit theorem, in particular that the normal distribution is approximate to the binomial distribution.

TraveleriEaster 1932 Poetry, photo-collage

Arnold Lulls, pendant from his sketchbook of jewelry design, 1585-1640. Drawings. England. Via V&A

230 years ago
balooning - the first manned flight
"The first clearly recorded instance of a balloon carrying (human) passengers used hot air to generate buoyancy and was built by the brothers Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France. The Montgolfier brothers gave their first public demonstration of their invention on June 4, 1783.
After experimenting with unmanned balloons and flights with animals, the first tethered balloon flight with humans on board took place on October 19, 1783 at the Folie Titon in Paris.The first untethered, free flight with human passengers was on 21 November 1783.”
"The balloon was about seventy-five feet tall and about fifty feet in diameter. It had rich decorative touches supplied by Réveillon. The color scheme was gold figures on a deep blue background. Fleur-de-lis, signs of the zodiac, and suns with Louis XVI’s face in the center interlaced with the royal monogram in the central section graced the majestic machine. Red and blue drapery and golden eagles were at the base of the balloon. "
source & read more: wiki & wiki
photo: 1786 illustration and technical description of the invention that made possible the historic 1783 baloon flight of the Montgolfier brothers.
photo credits: U.S. Library of Congress & larger image on wiki 

[Three plant form designs.]
: Séguy, E. A.

Alexei Galushkov

Alexei Galushkov. In the circle 1920 Via artlebedev

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Paul Klee (1879–1940) - Old Town (Overview) (Alte Stadt (Überblick)), 1928

The New York City Population Density Map (left)
The New York City Principal Nationalities Map (right)
The map was created in 1890 by Frederick E. Pierce for the Tenement-House Committee, one of the progressive organizations working against urban slums and blight in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Map Symbols: Showing Multivariate Data with Texture

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