The 100 Year History of  The All Ordinaries.


When Jorn Utson began to build the opera house he thought he would have to use some sort of complex polynomial to find the curve to make the extraordinary design of the sails stand up. He was several years into the project with major construction well underway and three million in 1960’s dollars in run time gone and did not have a clue how he was going to make it work.

He was in a real bind, when he entered the design completion for he thought they were after a concept building and did not expect to have to build it, and did not expect to win anyway.

On the Sunday morning before the Monday when he planned to go in and fess up to the board that he did not know how to do it and resign. He was sitting at his breakfast table peeling an orange and watching the sections drop on the table and not fall over when he realised that it was sections of a sphere he was looking for and not some Gothic arch or a complex polynomial and was it not anywhere near as complicated as he first thought.

He had just skipped over the simple and the obvious, which is the cardinal sin of mathematics. Thinking something must be complicated and rejecting all evidence to the contrary.