Van Goghs Turbulent Mind Captured Turbulence : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

This week marked Vincent van Gogh's 162nd birthday. The always-illuminating Maria Popova celebrated in her Brainpickings newsletter by bringing back studies linking van Gogh's celebrated 1889 painting The Starry Night — where light and clouds flow in turbulent swirls on the night sky — with studies of turbulence in fluid flows.

How this works is one of the hardest questions in modern physics.

The connection has an interesting history, being inspired by "a picture of a distant star from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, where eddies probably caused by dust and gas turbulence are clearly seen," as physicist José Luis Aragón of the Autonomous University of Mexico in Queretaro, and his collaborators from Spain and England, wrote in a paper from June 2006. You can see the picture, from a March 4, 2004, NASA press release here. The scientists wanted to check whether there was some kind of mathematical correlation between van Gogh's creation and turbulence as measured in natural phenomena.

They found that van Gogh's art, in particular in paintings from periods when his mental illness was at a peak, mirrors natural turbulence down to mathematical precision...

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist — and professor of natural philosophy, physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is the co-founder of 13.7, a prolific author of papers and essays, and active promoter of science to the general public. His latest book is The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning. You can keep up with Marcelo on Facebook and Twitter: @mgleiser.

Van Goghs Turbulent Mind Captured Turbulence : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR.

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Human Movement Converted Into Digital Sculptures

Video Description (1 and a half minutes): "Motion sculptures for CCTV Documentary Channel is a digital metaphor of phenomenal blinks and moments that life consists of. In four Idents we follow a visual performance of organic and vital substance, animated using data of actors movements.

Idents visualize four different themes. To emphasize the emotion of each Ident, we have decided to use different textures of steel, wood and glass. Motion sculpture of steel reflects old Chinese adage that true power is mastering yourself. Youthful energy of dancers evolve into beautiful organic sculpture. Colorful happiness is the engine of father's and his daughter's joy. Two lovers visualize fragility and vitality of love in the last Ident."

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“Finding” the Cover For Laura Van Den Berg’s ‘Find Me’

Rejected Covers is an ongoing series for which artists reveal their inspirations and unused design ideas for popular titles. Below, designer Nayon Cho discusses the illustrations that were considered but ultimately discarded for Laura van den Berg's novel Find Me.

Find Me is the second of Laura van den Berg's books I've been lucky enough to work on. The first was The Isle of Youth, a brilliant, fierce, and heartbreaking collection of stories. With Find Me, Laura tops herself and masters surreal, beautiful, and magical territory. Laura is also a dear friend of mine, so with both books I felt extra pressure to create a design that would do justice to her writing.

The novel is divided into two parts. In the first, the protagonist, Joy, is in the midst of a deadly epidemic sweeping the country. She is lost and alone, an orphan abandoned by her mother as a baby, but lucky enough to have a natural immunity against this mysterious illness. She and others like her are sequestered in a hospital in Kansas, to be studied for a potential cure. In the second half of the novel, Joy escapes from the hospital and embarks on a cross-country journey to find her mother, whom she believes lives in the Florida Keys.

After reading the manuscript, I was struck by two motifs: 1) bare tree branches in the winter, starkly outlined against the sky; and 2) the gradual transition from a cold and white world (Kansas in winter) to a warm and colorful one (the Florida Keys). My first attempts focused entirely on how to combine these two ideas into one cohesive design. The results were largely unsatisfying. I just couldn't get my ideas across clearly and succinctly. I was tangled in a web of concepts that were a little too abstract, a little too hard to grasp.

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I decided to change course and incorporate a more personal, human feel. The winter scenes in Kansas inspired me to use sugar to represent snow, into which I drew the title with my finger. I wanted it to feel like a note Joy might have left on a snow-covered windshield, an ephemeral cri de coeur. In one version I paired the sugar with a moody photograph of two figures walking through a deserted landscape. I overlaid it with warm colors to hint at the end point of the characters' journey. In another I changed perspective and used the title itself as the snowy landscape, with two tiny figures trudging across it. But this wasn't the right direction either. Legibility was a problem, both of the title and the concept.

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So I simplified even further. Snow and ice is a dominant theme, but so is the fierce life force and strength within Joy. I found a close up photograph of ice in a rich, vibrant blue. I set the title in a real font, in all caps. And I embedded the type within the ice, to reflect both paralysis and potential. With just a bit of warmth, that type could break free. I still liked the idea of playing with scale, so I included the walking figures in my first round.

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But everyone agreed they made the book feel small. With a quick deletion, we had our final jacket.

Rejected Cover Designs For Laura Van Den Bergs Find Me.

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