Sunday, 12 May 2013

The Mona Lisa expressed as a binary number

For my latest video (coming soon) I wanted a quick shot showing what the Mona Lisa looks like converted into pure 0s and 1s.

Of course I had no idea how to do this, so I asked my boffin mate Dr James Clewett (star of numerous videos).

He produced three versions for me - ones and zeros in bits; RGB bytes displayed a hexidecimal numbers in bytes; and finally the hexidecimal numbers again as bytes for the gray-scale image.

I don't have more detail about this as yet (but am secretly hoping he'll write guest blog to explain it).

The 0s and 1s version starts like this...


And continues for about 5-6 million digits.

If you really want to see them all, click here: DROPBOX FILE (corrected - sorry an earlier version was wrong!)