The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle smasher with a goal of revealing what happened at the first few moments of the Big Bang on the quantum level. The idea is to discover new information and/or confirm our current understanding of how our universe works in a way that it will work on every scale, leading us to one unified theory that will tie together the existing theories (General relativity, quantum mechanics, Newtonian physics, etc.) Inspired by the data plots published by the physicists working the the LHC, the mixed media nature of this piece acts as a reminder of all the possible variables that must be taken into account when developing a unified theory of physics. When closely examined, all of the theories of physics and mathematics presented in this collection are represented.

]]>A double pendulum exhibits chaotic motion: there are patterns that that the swings will follow, but due to the infinite variables affecting the system, each turn will be different. or example, the light patterns of this piece are actual movements of a double pendulum that I constructed, affected by the environments in which I photographed them. Due to the nature of chaos theory, no two images were alike, producing a new piece each time.

]]>“What can go wrong will go wrong.” Inspired by the work of Jackson Polluck, Murphy’s Law explores the very fine gray area between order and chaos, what goes right and what could go wrong.

]]>“All things being equal, the simplest answer is usually the correct one.” This piece, inspired by the doodling phenomenon known as zentangle, demonstrates complex and detailed designs whereas the overall shape of the piece exhibits its true simplicity.

]]>Mathematical and visual patterns in fractals continue to infinity, no matter how many times one zooms in. Each zoomed-in image presented in this piece can be found in the largest image in the upper left hand corner.

]]>Spirograph designs are based on polar equations, functions displayed on a circular coordinate grid rather than a rectangular one. Displaying functions in circular form expands the possibilities of performing calculations in three dimensions with cylindrical coordinates and spherical coordinates, useful for calculating circular motion, electrical fields and magnetic fields. This particular piece demonstrates how a simple toy and a creative art can be combined through mathematics, connecting three seemingly unrelated topics in a way that displays uniqueness and beauty.

]]>Schrodinger’s Cat is an illustration of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle (multiple variables of a particle cannot be determined simultaneously). If a cat were placed in a box, by knowing its position in the box, it cannot be determined whether the cat is alive or dead. The process of plexiglass etching includes scratching an image onto a sheet of plexiglass, covering the stamp with ink and placing a sheet of paper on top. The stamp and paper are then rolled through a press to produce and image and allowed to dry.

]]>Several universes exist and interact within one larger universe called the multiverse. When viewed from a distance, the “worm hole” on the top of the piece appears to envelop the surrounding portions of the box in an optical illusion but when viewed up close, the worm hole is elliptical. This technique, anamorphic projection, is employed by many chalk artists to make their artwork appear three dimensional. Inspired by Evol’s apartment complexes on cardboard, this multiverse displays windows to other universes with the piece as a whole existing as the multiverse.

]]>The paint can problem, introduced in calculus, explores the issue of a revolved surface with a surface area greater that its volume. In this interpretation, the paint can does not hold enough paint to cover the outside. Other interpretations include Gabriel’s Horn and a cake which cannot be fully covered with icing.

]]>This piece explores the idea of what it looks like at the speed of light. Because surpassing the speed of light means surpassing our perceptible visual range, it will remain unknown to us until we can compensate for it. The use of textiles provides a unique texture to this piece in that it juxtaposes the complex idea of light and its properties with a very tangible medium.

]]>Traditional representations of physical and mathematical theories are displayed through words in a textbook or with limited visuals. In this concentration, I celebrate the complexity of such theories and give them due representation of their true beauty through art, the form in which beauty often cannot be described with words or simple visuals.

In order, the pieces are named The Speed of Light, The Paint Can Problem, Multiverse, Schrodinger’s Cat, Spirographs & Polar Equations, Fractals, Occam’s Razor, Murphy’s Law, Chaos Theory, and The Large Hadron Collider and the Unified Theory of Physics.

]]>Artist’s Statement: The two sculptures are meant to be both stand alone pieces and, when put together, a whole piece to symbolize the two schools becoming one in the collaboration. Because the exchange was the first of hopefully many, the sapling represents new beginnings. As stated before, the color of the fruit represents the two schools: green and gold for Missouri S&T, and garnet and gold for Winthrop University. Both schools shared gold as a color, which served to tie the two sculptures together. The half with Missouri S&T colored fruit remains at Winthrop, and vice versa. Each sculpture has a branch extending into the negative space that is created when the other half is not present. When together, these branches interlock, creating the effect of one complete sculpture. Fluorescent glass incorporated into the mushrooms and roots acts as a segue into the discussion of material properties, in addition to symbolizing the main theme of the collaboration. The sculptures look completely different when the UV lights are turned on, just like how taking different approaches to problems can illuminate different solutions.

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