Category archives for Art

How Descartes Would Design a Yacht

Philosopher and mathematician René Descartes proposed some curious diagrams in 1644. A biologist looking at these shapes might think of living cells under a microscope: Source.

Thousands of Fingers

I had the pleasure of meeting recreational mathemusician (think about the implications) Vi Hart today at the “Thinking Creatively” conference on our campus. Watch this brilliant video (shown during her seminar) and learn mathematics like never before.

Lady Gaga’s new perfume – could it be an intersection of art, fashion, marketing, desire, pheromones, molecular biology? Perhaps.

Source: Flickr user ppjumpping I’ve been a fan of Natalie Portman since she was 12 years old, performing in an extraordinary, compelling film, “The Professional (1994).” In addition to being an Academy Award winning best actress, she’s also a co-author on a Journal of Chemical Education article. Yes, even chemists can take on Hollywood.

Killer Texting

Source. Lily Goldsmith from Valencia CC. My posting, “Texting As Killer, As Savior” generated strong interest and I wanted to share some more compelling graphic designs from Dr. Robin Landa’s Wiley Student Advertising Design Challenge, “Texting and Driving Don’t Mix.” Which one do you think conveys the message most clearly?

Healing a Lizard On a Nail

© Reza Deghati courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards Source. This evening, I had the pleasure and honor to meet photographer Reza Deghati at one of his exhibits {The Human Rights Institute at Kean University}, “One World, One Tribe.” His images convey a compelling story of the unity of the human race.

Source. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington / Photo by Ian Witlen. If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one… Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. Bhagavad Gita From the first moment of “Requiem” from A Thousand…

Lolita’s Lepidopterist Lover

Source. “L” and alliterations thereof, turns out to have immense importance in literature and science. Science and art can co-exist. Surprised? Let me explain.