Video: The Right & Left Brain In Art – the first in a new video series

Hello everyone!  I’m beginning a new, open-ended video series.  With these videos, I hope to enlighten and inspire through the exploration of ideas; ideas that manifest themselves in art, culture, and our everyday lives.  I want to share with you the things that have sparked my own imagination, with the hope that you’ll be inspired too.

In this first video, I explore both the origin of the idea that the right brain and left Brain influence creativity in different ways, and how that idea has manifested itself in the work of various artists throughout history.

E8: the Most Beautiful Structure in Mathematics

A two minute animation of a potential Theory of Everything. The first 30 seconds explains a few terms and then the structure, the E8 Lie group, “what many consider the most beautiful structure in mathematics”, starts to rotate. Maybe in 8 dimensions, but I’m not sure. It’s striking.

Scientists often discover ideas or theories are true because of their elegance and beauty. Currently the two major theories of physics, relativity and quantum mechanics won’t gel.

Garrett Lisi may have advanced a possible resolution using the E8 Lie group.He assembled the known elementary particles like quarks and leptons within the E8 structure and then using the elegance of the structure added particles that as yet did not fit into any one holistic form. That was in 2007. He say he still has work to do on the theory but he’s optimistic.

The other major theory currently trying to unity all the elementary particles and forces of nature is string theory. It however has become more complex than what it is trying to explain. That is not a good sign of either beauty, or probably truth.

“Beauty! Where shall one begin on a subject so vast, one that has stirred so many celebrated writers? What a theme! An endless one, and let it be said in passing, just such questions as these are the most interesting, because with them, the last word is never said and because everyone can have a different opinion.”
—Eugene Delacroix