- What does the name “Taichi” stand for?
- In traditional Chinese philosophy, “Taichi” means the initial state of the cosmos, before everything appears. It's the oneness before duality, where Yin and Yang originate. Since Taichi is a physically based simulation (of rigid/deformable/fluid dynamics/light transport) library, I expect in the future it can be considered as the genesis of a virtual cosmos, corresponding to its name.
- Please refer to wikipedia for more details of this concept.
- Then why “太極” instead of “太极”?
- “太極” is a word from not only traditional Chinese, but also modern Japanese. Considering the fact that a significant part of Taichi (10+ papers and the general software framework) was done during my internship at The University of Tokyo hosted by Prof. Seiichi Koshizuka and Prof. Toshiya Hachisuka, I thereby chose this word in the intersection of two languages in memory of my time at UTokyo, which is my happiest semester during undergrad.
- Why “Taichi” instead of “Taiji” or something else?
- There are other spellings of Taichi, such as “Taiji”(Pinyin), but I find “Taichi” easier to pronounciate for English native speakers.