Tag Archives: Biology

Nature: On the importance of data visualization

Further manifestations of the functional unities between art and science.

“Inventive graphic design and abstract models are helping researchers to make sense of a glut of data.”



Berkeley Lab: Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3-D

“First-of-their-kind images by Berkeley Lab-led research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices.” http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2016/03/30/revealing-the-fluctuations-of-flexible-dna-in-3-d/

Bookmarked for consideration of STEM pedagogical modeling and narratives-research in data visualization.

Emergence and Complexity [Professor Robert Sapolsky , Stanford]

“(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a huge effect on a system as time goes on. He calls this idea fractal magnification and applies it to many different systems that exist throughout nature.” (Stanford’s Youtube channel)

Filed in connection to the Santa Fe Institute and Complexity Explorer.

Speaker: Jeremy England, MIT: Statistical physics of self-replication

Published on Sep 11, 2014

What is life – lecture: A new theory for evolution. Speaker: Jeremy England, MIT.

“The formula, based on established physics, indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.” https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/

{Credit and thanks to Mose for reminding me}

Designing beauty

British Museum blog

Caroline Ingham, Senior Designer: Exhibitions, British Museum

Doryphoros Detail of a Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich

Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art is the first major temporary exhibition of sculpture at the British Museum since Hadrian: Empire & Conflict in 2008. It is also the first sculpture show in the new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery (Room 30). For the Museum’s Exhibitions team this is the culmination of over a year of intensive work with the exhibition’s designers, Caruso St John architects and Matt Bigg, Surface 3 graphics.

Doryphoros, Diskobolos, Ilissos2 Sculptures on display in the exhibition, from left to right: Bronze reconstruction of around 1920 by George Römer of the Doryphoros or ‘spear-bearer’ by Polykleitos, made around 440–430 BC. H 212 cm. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich. Marble statue of the Diskobolos or ‘discus-thrower’. Roman copy from 2nd…

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Updates from Complexity Explorer:

February 3, 2015

New! Tutorials:

We are offering a new kind of educational resource: a tutorial. A tutorial is like a course, except that its units are relatively independent, and it does not have a start or end date, and is available indefinitely. Anyone can enroll at any time. The units are entirely self-paced. There are no end-of-unit tests or grades.

We have moved our “Mathematics for Complex Systems” course into this tutorial format. If you were enrolled in this course, you don’t have to change anything, and you won’t see much difference, except that there is a new listing on the “Online Courses” page for tutorials.