About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

"Digital Veteran" with studies of maths and computing in the 60s, system analyst at CERN in Geneva and 40 years in London as event organiser, software designer, web publisher and advocate of children's rights. More recently 'mathematical artist'.

“When Numbers form Patterns” in “The Fascinating world of #PrimeNumbers”

A very attentive and modest writer who wanted to introduce me as a person who’s lived an interesting life and chose the small town of Rathenow – West of Berlin in former East Germany – as her residence.

The paper is Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung. Here is the link to the article. The translation covers the main text “When Numbers become Patterns” and the paragraphs on the side follow as “The fascinating world of Prime Numbers“. Rather symbolically, the publishing date is the 75th birthday of my brother who bought a house in the area, shortly after the Berlin Wall had come down.

Photo caption: Sabine Kurjo with her most important working tool – the computer

#ProveMeWrong #Smart3D brings Perspective to Excel Chart Styles

Tweets have grown from 140 to 280 characters. Power points seem have been replaced by #hashtags. The Powerpoint rule 10/20/30 has been complemented by 20/20/20. Numbers have this uncanny quality of giving us a sense of security. But what we’re really seeking are differences: indicators of change. We get that from numbers, because they can be compared.

24 Layers of modulated sine waves
My “Visual Data Intelligence” prototype for
24 Layers in more Detail and Perspective
Excel chart style
Excel’s “3-D Stacked Columns” style as visual effect rather than perspective arising from metadata inherent in the data sets

Excel shows us in a variety of chart styles that numbers can be represented in many different ways. Is the comparability optimal? Visually and numerically?

What do I bring to the party? I just put #ProveMeWrong “Smart 3D” brings Perspective to Excel Chart Styles on one of my blogs where I used to focus on measuring. I realised only recently that the fundamentals of my visualisation style could also be used as a “chart style”.

Excel has been my toolbox for the colour patterns of Digital Numbers in general and prime numbers in particular. Now there is the chance for bright developer minds to open their eyes and see what is BEFORE their eyes, ON the screen and put that feedback into code BEHIND the screen, before their MENTAL eyes. Who has the imagination necessary to grasp my novel concepts?

Work in Constant Progress

It’s embarrassing: WordPress doesn’t ‘apologise’ for a page set to ‘private’ because it’s not finished… It can appear in the Menu but doesn’t upon click…

Most ironically, my challenge is numbering:

  • of patterns as icons and as spreadsheets
  • of pattern collections as ‘containers
  • of series of patterns as variations of parameters
  • of MetaCollections as conveyers of concepts
  • as method of sequencing for viewing – like the pages of a book after all…

In other words, it’s the serialisation or ‘linearisation’ of a ‘network’ of patterns.

Forgive me, dear Viewer, if the clarity is in the individual pattern for the time being, not yet in the whole arrangement.

LAUNCH is a Daring Button for #PrimeNumbers in #AmazingColourPatterns

A ‘Decimal Pyramid’ as icon

I keep having to change and renumber and switch brain between #AmazingPatterns in ‘beautiful pictures’ and #VisualClarity in ‘meaningful spreadsheets’.

The same Pyramid with Explanations

As ‘icons’, pictures are #DigitalAssets which means Non-Fungible Tokens [NFTs] – the only way of copyrighting digital art and swimming against the mainstream of institutionalised thinking. Patenting is ‘out of date’.

But I have to press LAUNCH some time. I can’t expect anybody to read the whole lot once it’s all done, even though I shall of course turn it into an e-book. But first let’s enjoy the beauty of blog posts!

This site is designed to teach everybody who is hungry for knowledge to find it for themselves: I give you spreadsheets with which you can experiment. I try to explain but not pontificate. I try to be clear and concise even though my world is full of new concepts. I give you overviews and titles of what to expect, hoping you ‘get it’.

I try to be sequential, yet make lots of cross-connections. I try to group items into concepts. And I try to make lots of distinctions – for the sake of ‘categories of understanding’ in the spirit of Kant and Aristotle. For I am half German which makes me ‘naturally philosophical’, half Slavic which makes ‘think deeply’ and a ‘Digital Veteran’ which makes me #StrictlyLogical.

But, above all, I feed your mind with words and your eyes with #AmazingPatterns – for you to develop meaning and understanding.

The most important distinction is presumably:

  • digital versus analogue [physics]
  • digital versus numerical [maths].

To ensure that maths models physical realities, “Digital Numbers” needed to be invented to cater for scales, magnitudes and dimensionality in an abstract way. Now we can proudly say with Pythagoras: Everything is Number, as “Digital Numbers” are

  • the ‘general model of abstraction
  • or the ‘abstract model of generalisation

of what physicists call ‘grand unified theory‘.

I shall release collections of patterns first as NFTs and then as spreadsheets. In that process I shall also make the related private pages public. For the time being, I have 65 pages up my sleeve and some 200 patterns.

PS. Published in 1997, Margaret Wertheim’s book “Pythagoras’ Trousers about God, Physics and the Gender Wars is an excellent historical overview – celebrating science as conceptual enhancement, interrogating science as social practice.”

The culmination of physicists as gods is of course the god’s particle and the high energy accelerators at the European Centre for Nuclear Research [CERN] in Geneva, where I had my first job as systems analyst. Finding mistakes in the programs that physicists had written was fun, until I got bored.

But then my driver feel asleep on our way to Lawrence Radiation Lab in Berkeley and a life of ‘pain management’ began which also made me go to London.

God, Physics and the Gender Wars –
our daily challenges…

Last time I checked less than 30% of the world’s researchers were women.

In Europe Women represent about half of workers in science and technology.

In the UK 24%. Good thing I left!? After all, I’ve tried for years and years to get my thinking turned into software. One professor of computing, maths and physics said that my prototype Visual Data Intelligence was the most important work since relativity theory. When his colleague asked why? he answered “because it’s about understanding Number.”

But he didn’t help further – although his company was supposed to finance startups. Have you heard of the NIH syndrome? [“Not Invented Here” jealousy – especially in men when women seem to ‘know better’…]

Do #ProveMeWrong, do #FindMistakes and do respond, if you feel like it!