Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Starting the Research on radiolaria

Thank you a lot for all this input! Ofcourse I'm very enthousiastic about making use of Peters expertise and try to build a complete system. We can get more into details next thursday. For me it's important to know the details of the possibilities and the requirements in order to use it. Do I need to contact Andrew and Elisa aswell, concerning this topic?

I talked to Karel Vollers today, he seems to be excited about my topic of research. I gathered more books and more sources and tried to contact a radiolarianexpert (via VU Amsterdam, Naturalis Leiden, Leiden University). which turned out to be not that successfull yet. Tonight I want to focus on my gathered documents & books (on the bottom of this blog you can find a "book list" where I try to list all of them), and hope to extract some clear information about the skeletons and growing process. I will make a selection of 3 types of them very soon (hope tonight) and find out how their skeletons work.

I was wondering about the way how to abstract their skeletons. For now I have two options in mind. I can either try to draw them in GC in points and lines (as junctions and beams) or look at them as a tesselated surface or volume where I can manipulate the way of perforating the material.

I'm planning to process your very usefull comments on my hypothesis, after I've made some initial progress on the skeletons tonight.

Speak to you soon, mv

1 comment:

  1. yes, I totally agree: start working on your geometry/extraction of principles and parametric model is the first priority. Leave the work on your research proposal after that, somewhere in the coming days.

    Of course you should stay close in touch with your research tutors.

    About books, one more precise suggetion came from Peter - if you did not included yet: IL33 on Radiolarians (and IL28 was about Diatoms) - they are from the Institute of Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart, part of the book series we mentioned in a previous comment.