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Triangulating the world

March 15, 2019

Please do not underestimate the triangle; even though it hides humbly in the shadow of its big brother the Square. What could the designer have been thinking? Its origins, a  tri-sided drawing; simply a connection of 3 straight lines on a page?

Could the architect ever have imagined that the power of this shapely frame would not only accompany the time-honoured square but would conquer it and create a myriad of complex angular formulae?

A square you see has equal sides, therefore it differs only by the percentage taken away from or added onto the original square. Larger or smaller, it retains its original boring persona, proportions and dull characteristics. It certainly requires an unequal dimension in which to become a useful part of society. As a Box, the square is the mother of shame; designed to hide away life’s sins and evil, concealing the effluent of an affluent society. The box is a symbol of greed and waste. A box merely contains, and a triangle exclaims! Put simply; a one dimensional square can be replaced by two symmetrical triangles with remarkably three times the strength.

Boring and simple is our square, becoming a mere predecessor for the mighty triangle to build its empire.

The majestic triangle has no limitation to the metamorphic offspring that have resulted like the obscurity of Isosceles, the perfection of Equilateral, the incredible strength of Symmetrical or the popular functionality of the Right angle triangle. There are no rules, nor exact lengths, no boundaries or in some cases no reason for an individual tri-creation.

Many explored the trigonometric functions that created sine, cosine, tangent, cosecant, secant and cotangent.

The once simple but diverse triangle was accelerating at a speed no one could ever predict.

Its usefulness has an apex so high and obscure it became overwhelmingly unpredictable.

Pythagoras was mystified, intrigued and hypnotised by the power of the triangle, his formulae popularised the once proud triangle into a creative masterpiece. “A” squared, plus “B” squared, equals “C” square. The three, four, five triangles all gave new fodder to mathematicians, architects and craftspeople all over the world and in no time the tallest buildings, the longest strongest bridges and creative works of excellence had been Tritapaulted into our every existence.

The beautiful Eiffel tower would be without the style, grace and faultless structural power if not for the adaptive powers of this mystic shape. The mighty Pyramids would have disappeared centuries ago if they were of a box construction; therefore their every existence is nothing without triangles.

Imagine a world without tricycles or no triangular series or triathlons. Imagine our homes without triangular trusses in the rooves. Just Tri to imagine! . . .  We need the triangle, so that life is not so square!



  • By combining Poetry into a photograph you get POETPICS or PHOTOPOETRY.

  • A phrase of philosophy integrated into a photograph = PHILOETRY

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  • See how this and other poems play a part in the Story 'Finding Harvey’, crafting another dimension of creative writing = 3D-Poetry.​


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