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Sunday
Feb152015

Painting light and a great lecture

Hello 2015.
   
When we detect light in the laboratory, it arrives in our detectors in little pieces.  For a few years, I've wanted to make a painting called 'light is like rain'. At last it's taking shape as a large 2.5m canvas with over 200 droplets of light.  In preparation, I made these colour studies, shown on the studio floor, a separate canvas for each light drop.  
          
   
Here is a detail of another recent large oil painting, called 'Time', part of a series about oscillators.  So much of Nature, including light, can be thought of as oscillations. The painting shows how, to an approximation, a simple pendulum keeps to the same beat regardless of its displacement.
  
  
Over recent months, I have been working with and thinking about presenting ideas.  This has included: preparations with scientist colleagues for a 'Universe Day' for an entire junior school; presenting Finding Patterns to students and staff at college; and preparing for a TEDx talk in Marrakesh in late February. So, I will close with this exceptional lecture by theoretical physicist and teacher, Terry Rudolph at Imperial College. It is a beautiful demonstration of how a complex subject can be conveyed vividly and entertainingly, with no jargon at all. Which may explain the spiralling view count, currently at 298,000.