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The Teleporting Moth is science coming out of the art closet. Not that you didn’t already know.

Title text: The best hugs are probably from hagfish, which can extrude microscopic filaments that convert a huge volume of water around them to slime in seconds. Instant cozy blanket!

Title text: The best hugs are probably from hagfish, which can extrude microscopic filaments that convert a huge volume of water around them to slime in seconds. Instant cozy blanket! xkcd.com

This site aspires to be a collection of various creative media with themes related in some way to the sciences. Media we hope to publish in the future include, but are not limited to: painting, jewelry, comic strips, carpentry, 3-D art, music, short fiction, and poetry. We also reprint (with permission) some of our favorite published creative works related to science.

The title “Teleporting Moth” alludes to a passage from Tom Stoppard’s play Hapgood. Full etymology: What in God’s name is a teleporting moth.

We want to hear from you! The Teleporting Moth plans eventually to accept submissions of science-related art, poetry, and fiction. For now, we encourage you to send us links or citations for science-related creative works that you would like to see featured on this site. With these suggestions, or with questions/comments, please email kerner@teleportingmoth.com.

 

I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say, “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says, “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe; although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is, I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.

At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions, which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.

–Richard Feynman

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