Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does Diatrope mean?

The name Diatrope (di·at´· ro·pe) was originally chosen to convey the idea of transformation. Diatrope [dia + tropos] signifies the idea of heading through to the next opportunity.

What is the significance of your logo?

Christopher Tyler designed our logo in 2002. It is a combination of the classic Kanizsa triangle and the impossible triangle illusion. The Kanizsa triangle, named after the psychologist Gaetano Kanizsa is comprised of three black circles with equal wedges cut out of them facing the center point and three black angles on a white background. Many observers see a white triangle on top of three black disks and an outline triangle. The white triangle appears brighter than the white background and shows a contour even in regions where there is no luminance change in the image.

The impossible triangle illusion was first created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersvärd in 1934 and developed independently by the mathematician Roger Penrose in the 1950s. In addition, the artist M. C. Escher used it in works such as the lithograph Waterfall, first printed in October, 1961.

Do you offer research opportunities for scholars and post-graduate work?

Unfortuantely, we are not in a position to offer funding or office space to others in the field

Where is Diatrope based?

We are located in Berkeley, California, close to the University of California, Berkeley campus.

How do I submit a manuscript to Diatrope Press for publication?

The best approach is to use the contact form.

What are the three arms of Diatrope?

The Diatrope Institute is the research arm. This section disseminates information and engages in research exploring art, science, technology and cognitive neuroscience. Diatrope Press publishes academic and literary books of interest. Diatrope Books specializes in academic and museum publications. Purchasing books directly from the web site helps support Diatrope’s mission.