Quarternion Quest

Aisling O'Beirn

Description

In 1843 the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton had been mulling over the problem of how to multiply points in three dimensions. While walking from Dunsink Observatory to the Royal Irish Academy, along by the Royal Canal, the solution came to him in a moment of sudden realization and he scratched the formula for quaternion multiplication into the stone of Broom Bridge. This act of mathematical vandalism was first described to O’Beirn by a school friend, now a mathematician, and the film is a quest to try to understand the equation and map that process.

With thanks to Professor Luke Drury, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and Dr Áine McManus and Dr. Peter Kootsookos of Dunsink Observatory. Supported by RIAD, University of Ulster.

Details
Title

Quarternion Quest

Year

2014

Creator

Aisling O'Beirn

Medium

Moving Image

Form

Short

Genre

Documentary; interview; science

Subject

Art and science; quaternion equations

Language

English

Duration

00:20:16

Original format

Digital HD

Aspect ratio

16:9

Colour

Colour

Sound

Sound

Rights

Aisling O'Beirn

Artist website

http://aislingobeirn.com/

Link to work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTHgmcAjK9Y