when growing an ear on your arm is art

TIME Magazine | article by Arthur I. Miller | Zocalo Public Square @ThePublicSquare | February 3, 2015 Zocalo Public Square is a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. Leonardo da Vinci made no distinction between art and science—and the two fields are converging again   In 2007, the Australian performance artist Stelarc…

leonardo da vinci masterpiece :: geniuses second-guess themselves

{via The Huffington Post  |  By Jacqueline Howard | Posted: 10/02/2014} Leonardo da Vinci may have been a genius, but that doesn’t mean he never second-guessed himself. In a new book, optical engineer Pascal Cotte explains how a new imaging technology known as the layer amplification method (LAM) helped show that Leonardo painted two previous versions…

the god of colors: researchers shed new light on artist albrecht dürer

Almost 500 years after the death of Albrecht Dürer, new details about the mysterious life of the Renaissance painter are coming to light. To uncover the secrets of his brilliant works, researchers have used X-rays and infrared cameras, uncovering information even about the sex life of the art world’s first international star. With his wavy hair…

math-inspired works of art

Mathematicians enthralled with unending fractals and flux patterns have been known to call math beautiful — but, increasingly, they aren’t the only ones. For many artists, calculations and numerical analyses provide a rich source of ideas and methods for their creations. The annual Bridges conference showcases the connections between art and mathematics. The conference features, among…

the physics of whisky

A photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Plenty of souls have searched for answers at the bottom of a glass of whisky. For Phoenix-based artist and photographer Ernie Button, that quest revealed some unexpected beauty, and set him out on a search for truth….