math art | acrylics on guitar
Stanislav Smirnov is a Russian mathematician, mostly known of his percolation theory. Percolation theory describes the relation and behaviour of connected clusters in a random graph, a randomly generated abstract representation of vertices (a set of objects) with edges (links exist between some pairs of the objects). The theory’s name comes from its representative question, which is the following. Assuming that some liquid is poured on top of some porous material, will it be able to make its way from hole to hole and reach bottom? Another model for it is like this: if we immerse a porous stone into water what is the probability of the centre of the stone getting wet? The question was introduced by Broadbent & Hammersley in 1957.