Sunday, February 12, 2006

Just LEGO already...

Throughout the Muslim world, calls have gone out to boycott Danish products, including the company that brings hours of joy to children everywhere, LEGO.

With a few puckered plastic pieces and pictorial instructions, a child indirectly learns to interpret graphical models in 3D, appreciate the principles of structural stability, and can let his creativity spark in him/her a passion for architecture and engineering.

That at least was my experience.
And so, apparently, it was for a man by the name of Andrew Carol, who used the simple LEGO bricks to create a Babbage Difference Engine. In brief, this is a mechanical machine designed in 1822 by a Charles Babbage made to compute values of polynomial functions.

Sadly, the difference between our attitude and Andrew's is all too clear.


Blogger Zanzounito said...

sad but oh so true

12:12 AM, February 18, 2006  

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