Art, Meet Science | Cosmic Variance

Apologies for the dismal lack of blogging — apparently even scientists travel around the holidays, who knew? I’m in South Carolina at the moment, so instead of the well-constructed argument (complete with witty parenthetical asides) on a pressing issue of the moment that I’d love to provide, please accept this simple link to some . (, author of .)

Feynman’s fondness for drawing is well-known, especially when the subject was naked ladies. The sketches aren’t going to win any art competitions, but they’re certainly better that I could do. And here’s one I bet very few professional artists could pull off:

I find that the subtle use of integration by parts really speaks of man’s inhumanity to man, don’t you agree?

But my favorite recent example of science-inflected art has to be this newly discovered late-period Jackson Pollock:

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Oops, sorry; that’s not an abstract expressionist masterpiece at all. It’s a plot of theoretical predictions and experimental constraints for dark matter, as . Check out if you’d like to make your own plot. Science and art are for everyone.


(1) sketches by Richard Feynman
URL: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2009/12/sketches-and-paintings-by-richard.html

(2) Via Chad Orzel
URL: http://scienceblogs.com/principles/2009/12/links_for_2009-12-31.php

(3) How to Teach Physics to Your Dog
URL: http://www.amazon.com/How-Teach-Physics-Your-Dog/dp/1416572287/

(4) linked by Brian Mingus in comments
URL: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/12/17/dark-matter-detected-or-not-live-blogging-the-seminar/#comment-110882

(5) dmtools
URL: http://dmtools.brown.edu/



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