Kirby says: >The goal with the iso-matrix may be "conceptual fluency" over "number crunching" i.e. in tuning in that scaffolding, we're doing what any chemist would do when imagining an FCC lattice. You can let computers do the busy work of plotting / rotation / scaling etc. (ala Pymol).
I think I get it (maybe?) that you are sort of pushing exploration of real, particular, structures, which is somewhat in opposition to the push of abstraction and formalization in the last 150 years. In that sense I'm all in favor of that, and I think at some point, partly enabled by the availability of cheap computing power, the pendulum will start to swing the other way. Already has, in some sense, but has left a bit of a mess and confusion among people saying "this is math", "that is computer science". etc.