the dynamics of a longer fez
Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
—The Conference of Birds, (منطق الطیر, Mantiqu ‘t-Tayr, 1177) by Farid ud-Din Attar, tr. Edward Fitzgerald (1889)
A long fez keeps the wearer aware of his own movement. A dancing dervish is the perfect example of this physics. When the dervish brings the arms close to his chest the RPM of his body increases because angular momentum must be conserved by the laws of classical dynamics.
By altering the truncated cone ( that’s what a fez is, geometrically speaking) in dimension and mass, various gravitational hallucinations and artistic vertigo can be induced for mystical experiments. Since the base of the cone is a circle, it fits elegantly on something rotund like the human head. One has often wondered what the spherical immensity of planet earth would look like under a fez that sits around the Equator, rising all the way to the moon. The moon is gravitationally locked to the earth, so the fez could also move with the moon.
Moreover, by amplifying the axial tilt of earth and its infinitesimal wobbles … this would be the most beautiful fez in the whole solar system by all accounts.
Image: Paints by Naomi Shah & Photo by Ritwik Sauntra. The underlying cardboard cone was stolen from an old textile loom.
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