Category Archives: Scientific Art

“Uncertainty”: A Science Art Exhibit in Pasadena, CA

Since moving to the Los Angeles area, I’ve been constantly overwhelmed with how much stuff there is to do, and am regularly torn between coinciding events. However, one event I knew I could not miss was the opening of the Uncertainty art exhibit at the Williamson Gallery of the Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design. Exhibit description: UNCERTAINTY is the

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When art is literally a science experiment

So, I’m no materials scientist, but this is [these are?] some cool-looking data: That’s right. The above work of abstract art doubles as polymers research—more specifically, “an exploration of the fluid, gel, and paste properties of acrylics and acrylic media.” According to the artist, Regina Valluzzi: The transparency of acrylic media, combined with a wide variety of viscoelastic

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Protein Structure and Folding Captured in Sculpture

What happens when an artist is formally trained in quantum mechanics? Julian Voss-Andreae. Julian Voss-Andreae is an artist from Germany who now lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received an undergraduate degree in physics and graduate training in quantum mechanics. In the above sculpture, Julian featured the hemoglobin protein: the molecule that carries oxygen from

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Protein Portraits: An art class for science nerds

Wouldn’t it be cool if there were such thing as a hybrid science-art class? At Oregon State University, there is! It’s an undergraduate honors course called Protein Portraits, taught by Phil McFadden and described by the same as: The Oregon State University Honors College course that adds paint brushes and plaster of Paris to the toolkit

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Mathematical Beauty: A random walk with artist Daniel M. Watkins

“The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas, like the colors or the words must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in this world for ugly mathematics.” G. H. Hardy (1877 – 1947), A Mathematician’s Apology, Cambridge University Press, 1994.

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Scientific art installations at the Linus Pauling Institute

The Linus Pauling Institute (LPI, originally the “Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine”) was founded by Linus Pauling and his colleagues in 1973; its research was focused on characterizing the role of vitamins and other micronutrients in promoting human health, and on understanding how their deficiencies could lead to chronic diseases. In 1996, the Institute was relocated to Oregon State University’s

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Soil Science on Canvas

Although it is a niche specialization, professional scientific artists do exist. In fact, I recently had the pleasure of accidentally meeting one at a thesis defense: Dr. Jay Stratton Noller — painter, soil scientist, and the Head of the Dept. of Crop and Soil Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. While art is a hobby

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