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Is orthogonality found in nature?

October 12, 2009


I wonder whether orthogonality is found in nature? We can dictate a direction with an axis and its spin about that axis with a second axis – the third axis is really a product for keeping the second orthogonal to the first.  I wonder whether this is needed in nature or whether it copes quite well with skew? Skew itself seems quite common in nature and the very fact that skin, muscles, etc skew is important for flexibility, movement and kinesis.

I wonder if allowing a transform to skew, without affect its scale has benefits to rigging. Tensegrity and its biological form certainly allow for skew against multiple planes, and the fact that they work under tension allows them to always find a resolution.

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