As part of the Freshman Seminar I told you about earlier (e.g., here, here and here), we went on a field trip to MOCA in nearby downtown LA.
We went to see the exhibition of drawings by Eva Hesse. Hesse is very well known for her sculpture, and among the things she did, I think that a rather splendid one in this context is the one below. It is an example of those that resemble three dimensional renderings of her interesting use of line on the paper.
This one (not in the exhibition) is called â€œMetronomic Irregularityâ€ (I think it has a number as wellâ€¦ there are several pieces of this title done by her).
The group is standing in front of the sculpture I posted about earlier. Thereâ€™s Ashley and Adam, left and middle. Jeff (on the right in the picture) -who is not a freshman, but a senior who does physics research projects with me- came along as well. We had a rather good time, taking […] Click to continue reading this post
During the course of a coffee break during Saturdayâ€™s all day conference in Cambridge, I looked out of the window to an intriguing sight:
(Click for larger.) They were doing needlework of some sort, and it looked like a lot of fun. They were happy to let the strange man (uhâ€¦ me) take the photograph he asked for. Little did I know that one of them -Richard- actually reads blogs about science including this very blog and wrote in and asked if I was that particular photographer! Small world! […] Click to continue reading this post
Spotted near King’s College: Always funny how these things happen. Or maybe it is just how my mind works. During the lunch break, after talks by Gary Gibbons, myself, and Roberto Emparan, it sort of stands to reason that I would run into some scene on the streets of Cambridge … Click to continue reading this post
Back when I was young enough to care to try to list such things, I had a favourite number. Really, really faourite. I lived and breathed that number for a while. Todayâ€™s session in the freshman seminar â€œThe Art and Science of Seeing and the Seeing and Science of Artâ€, about which I have blogged here and here, was all about it. Rather than do chapter and verse about it (donâ€™t get me started!), I will instead leave you with the image that I ended withâ€¦
â€¦ and let you tell me and other readers – if you like – what you think the number is, what it means to you, and perhaps share whatever you like (or hate) about it.
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No apology here. I really love cats. As a result, I love this video. Might be old for you…. it is new for me. And just priceless. Thought I’d share. (Click here.) -cvj (Thanks Carol!)
How to pass a few minutes outside on a very hot day? Do a demo in front of 90 students when you’re not sure of your equipment, of course! This was in the cause of demontrating Newton’s Laws of Motion in my Physics 100 class today. I’m actually moving backwards … Click to continue reading this post
So you’ll recall that when we thought we had twelve planets we started trying to think of new mnemonics to help people remember the planets’ ordering. For example, from Yvette: My Very Educated Mother Canâ€™t Justify Someone Using New Planetary Conventionsâ€¦ oh no, they havenâ€™t named the last one yet!!! … Click to continue reading this post
New Scientist has an article by Stephen Battersby on their top ten weirdest cosmology theories. My first thought, beore reading the article was that they were going to have a lot of fun with this, but they seem to be rather conservative about their definition of “weird”. This means that … Click to continue reading this post
Dear Reader, I’m desperately wracking my brain to find some science in this, but I cannot. Nope, reading the article does not help either. Nevertheless, it is in New Scientist (a fact that means nothing on its own, from past experience – they’ve a technology for it’s own sake focus … Click to continue reading this post
I’ve no idea what they were doing (I’ll try to find out and let you know), since I was at the concert, but it sure looked liked they were having fun out there in the Wednesday kids’ science picnic at the ACP: Two weeks ago, apparently they had the “Physics … Click to continue reading this post
Close-packed volleyball helps: After a long day of a two and a half hour long administrative meeting followed by then locking myself away in my office from lunchtime to picnic time to calculate away (with frustratingly mixed results… sigh…), it was fun to play with the other physicists, their partners, … Click to continue reading this post
So it was all quiet in the Aspen Center for Physics offices. Why? Tuesday family picnic outside…! Was it quiet out there? No! There were science experiments with the food of course! How did they get the diet cokes to erupt like that? The instigator of this was Phenomenologist Josh … Click to continue reading this post
Here is my report on how the challenge was met. Well, we started shortly after 5:00pm. About 14 people were present, which was fun since everybody rotated in periorically, to give everyone a touch of the ball. This was welcome rest for the people who rotated out as well. Remember … Click to continue reading this post
Place yer bets, folks! Here at Aspen, there’s a one week overlap between the workshop with mostly string theorists: “String Theory, Gauge Theory & Particle Physics” The workshop will focus on insights into particle physics and gauge theory dynamics from string theory. The proposed activities will concentrate on aspects of … Click to continue reading this post