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BY ANDREW CRONAN
@ VOL 4
ON MAR 09, 2013
As an architect, Andrew Cronan has a special insight into design. So when he thinks about the universe and our existence as intelligent life within it, he marvels at the precision that went into the design of the entire universe, from the big bang all the way down to the microscopic level. He makes the case that if circumstances had been even a fraction off anywhere within that spectrum, we would not be here. So it's no wonder that he believes there had to be a designer behind it all.
The Roots of Innovation
BY LEZLEY DAVIDSON
@ VOL 3
ON JUN 06, 2014
Lezley Davidson speaks on the absolute necessity of the arts in our daily lives. She makes the argument that most science and mathematics would have never seen the light of day had inventive individuals not been creative thinkers to begin with. The roots of innovation therefore can be found in the creative arts.
"Presentation of the Day" on August 20, 2014.
The Physics-Poetry Duality
BY NICHOLAS YUNES
@ VOL 12
ON SEP 10, 2014
Assistant Professor of Physics at Montana State Univeristy, Nicholas Yunes says that physics and poetry are different branches of the same tree. That Einstein and Whitman are both explorers, one with math, the other with words. Nicholas says that creation is passion, that knowledge feeds progress.
Free Your Fitness, Free Yourself
BY TEGA BRAIN
@ VOL 6
ON OCT 19, 2015
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Tega Brain is an artist and engineer. She makes eccentric engineering, reimagining everyday technologies to address their politics and envision alternatives. She is currently a resident at Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, Brooklyn, has both studied and taught at the School for Poetic Computation, and is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Purchase.
Surya Mattu is an artist and engineer based in Brooklyn. He is currently a fellow at Data&Society where he is investigating infrastructure with a focus on wireless as a way to better understand bias in technology. He is also a contributing researcher at ProPublica. Previously he has worked as an engineer at Bell Labs and is a graduate from the New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.
Art of the Pencils
BY CAROLINE WEAVER
@ VOL 16
ON SEP 01, 2016
“Pencil is a small thing that can make a big difference in the lives of people who use them.”
In "Art of the Pencil" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol.16 , Caroline Weaver, amateur pencil collector but lifelong pencil lover, founded CW Pencil Enterprise in November 2014. With her pencil experts, Caroline digs up the stories and origins of these objects and make them accessible to those who appreciate them for their functionality, beauty and history. As simple as it may be, the pencil is something which despite advances in technology will never become obsolete.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.
Desperately Seeking SUSY
BY ANADI CANEPA
@ VOL 6
ON FEB 16, 2017
The most profound questions in physics—“What makes up the Universe?”—is answered by exploring the Universe immediately after the Big Bang. Anadi Canepa explains that these conditions are recreated at the high-energy particle colliders where sub-atomic particles travel at the speed of light and collide millions of times per second. Fermilab built the most powerful time-machines in the world and contributed to the historical discovery of the Higgs boson, the sole particle responsible for everyone’s existence. Because of its mission, extending knowledge, and its philosophy, sharing knowledge, Fermilab is a “cognitive bubble that one can’t escape, one doesn’t want to escape,” according to Canepa.
The Art of Biology
BY MEHDI DOUMI
@ VOL 17
ON MAR 09, 2017
Mehdi Doumi is from Algeria and England, studied biomedical engineering, and is a technical leader in Research and Innovation at L’Oreal USA - researching human perception of cosmetic products. He has been part of NPO Ligo Project, promoting science in U.S. culture through humor and videography. He also enjoys carpentry, improv, and drawing satirical cartoons. Over the last 4 years he has committed himself to creating abstract artwork to any K-12 educator across the USA. He hopes that each art piece stimulates student curiosity about math and science topics, especially in a challenging teaching environment.
Who's Afraid of Physics?
BY SEYDA IPEK
@ VOL 7
ON MAY 25, 2017
“I hated physics in high school!” is the one phrase Şeyda İpek hears most often when she tells people she is a physicist. As Şeyda tells her story about becoming a physicist, her path wends its way through ancient Egypt, Peter Pan fandom, and UFOs before she realizes her love for physics.
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Poster for PKN Christchurch Vol. 6
PechaKucha Night returns to Christchurch in two weeks (September 16) for a sixth edition, this time at the Repertory Theatre. Tickets are limited to 400, and can be purchased in advance at The Physics Room (209 Tuam Street, 2nd floor).
PKN Queretaro Vol. 5
Here are a few photos from the recent PechaKucha Night in Queretaro Vol. 5, along with some commentary from team member Lilian Gonzalez.The 5th Queretaro Pechakucha Night was a unique and memorable event dedicated to music. It was part of the Musical Instrument Makers Congress by the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). The event took place at the majestic Queretaro City Museum. The night opened with the music of Guillermo Muñoz, welcoming the audience. The PKN started with Marvin Salgado, who shared his knowledge about violin construction. Immediately after, the audience was surprised by Andrea Avedaño’s poem, who made a narration about “Les demoiselles d'Avignon” by Pablo Picasso, continuing with Ruy Guerrero who talked about “Cardenche’s music”; this type of music is considered one of the saddest in the world. There are only 4 people left that play this traditional Mexican music.Miguel Zenker, a recognized Luthier (musical instrument maker - particularly violins) talked about a 1856 William Hall & Son fortepiano restoration. This presentation ended the first part of the PKN. The intermission was enjoyed with red wine and “Jaranas and Zapateado,” traditional Mexican music where ingenious lyrics are improvised on the spot. The second part of the evening started with La Compañía Banyan de Marionetas, a magic improvisation performance with shadow puppets, Mexican guitar and dance. Afterwards, Lilián González, spoke about interactive art and the control that artists like Marie Sester and rAndom International use. The night finished with the Physics Ph.D Víctor Castaño, who talked about the Golden ratio, or Divine Proportion, a number represented by the Greek letter φ, taking the audience on a tour from the Egyptians to the novel prize. Since music speaks directly to our souls, this PKN captivated the audience and made it a unique night that will be treasured by those who were lucky to attend.
Bits of Elsewhere
"Under the northern lights, the planets looked so bright that I imagined I could read by their light..." Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He's been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. In "Bits of Elsewhere" from PKN Santa Cruz Vol. 7, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space.
Big Hair Don't Care
“While all my friend’s… hair would sway in the wind, my hair even defied the laws of physics. It would just stay absolutely still.” In Big Hair Don't Care from PechaKucha Night Markham’s 9th Volume, curly hair ambassador, chocolate-maker, and biathlon competitor Sandy Saad discusses what it's like to grow up with natural hair. Drawing from memories of her embarrassing hair phases, she tells the tale of how she came to accept her natural beauty.
Designing a Laboratory: Art, Architecture, and the Founding of Fermilab
"The sculpture that straddles the lab's entrance appears symmetrical when viewed from below but asymmetrical from all over views, reflecting the view of broken symmetry that is crucial in modern physics."Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory looks like no other science lab on Earth—thanks to the vision of founding director Robert Wilson and artist Angela Gonzales. Under their aesthetic direction, architecture, sculpture, color, and design combined to produce a lab that was revolutionary for its time. In Designing a Laboratory: Art, Architecture, and the Founding of Fermilab from PechaKucha Night Batavia Vol. 5, Katie Yurkewicz shows off another side of the legendary physics lab.
Juho Viitasalo shares Construction 2000, a unique geometric steel sculpture in Helsinki, Finland. Its most eye catching feature is a 600 kg pyramid that seems to float in air without any support. This 10 meter tall physics defying structure has stood since 1982 and is truly unique in the world. However it is still somewhat unknown. Construction 2000 was designed by Markku Viitasalo and now his son wants to take the design to the world out of the confines of the office block where it stands in Helsinki. More information here: http://viitasalo.com/himmeli/
PKN Poster Spotlight: Santander
This week’s PKN Poster Spotlight is on this whimsically erudite poster for Santander’s PechaKucha Night. The theme is a variety of stories each told in 400 seconds, highlighted by the wisps floating out of the book. A dragonfly for biology, a flask for chemistry, a spaceship for physics, with PechaKucha no topic is off limits for anyone to present. Get ready to be mystified at PechaKucha Night Santander Vol. 8. For more posters, please visit out Tumblr and Instagram!
PK People: Jónatan Piedra
Hailing from PechaKucha Night Santander, for this weeks PechaKucha People we'd love to introduce you to the ever curious and creative Jónatan Piedra. Born in the fantastic 20th century, Jónatan has always been curious about everyday things, such as the origin of the universe. He has been studying and researching the field of physics for years and believes that it is own choice, but also his duty, to teach and talk about physics to others, whether they be other physicists, children in schools, or grown-ups in a theater at a PechaKucha Night. In fact, you can catch him this week at PechaKucha Night Santander Vol. 9 on May 24th. If you're just as curious as he is about physics, make sure you don't miss out on this great event this Friday! Thanks for everything you do, Jónatan, and we can't wait to see what else you've got!