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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali wrote on Oct. 31, 2013 @ 19:06 GMT
Credit: Natalie Kay-Thatcher
It's not every day that I can claim to have created the universe--or helped to, at least. But a couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop led by Simone Kay to build an image of the cosmos using stained glass. The glass appliqué panel is now on display at THE CUBE in London, where artist-in-residence Natalie Kay-Thatcher, who organized the workshop, is running a series of space-themed events.

You may recognize Natalie's name; last year, she organized the Jiggling Atoms exhibition. Now, she is producing a series of pieces inspired by two texts, Somnium, by astronomer Johannes Kepler, and Solaris by Polish writer, Stanislaw Lem.

Credit: Natalie Kay-Thatcher
To my shame, I have to admit that I have not read Kepler's Somnium, which describes a trip to the Moon, complete with demons. It is has been called both the first science-fiction novel and the first serious scientific treatise on lunar astronomy (minus the demons). The B&W image, right, is one of Natalie’s illustrations inspired by Kepler's imaginings.

Solaris provides a different challenge for an artist, since it involves an ocean planet that defies understanding by the human mind. I’m currently reading Solaris and I’ll keep you posted on how Natalie deals with the portraying the incomprehensible. But if you’re based in London, I encourage you to visit her exhibition, in person, which is growing day by day, and see for yourself. You can also enrol in one of her workshops (which run into December) or attend one the forthcoming talks by artists and scientists.

Credit: Natalie Kay-Thatcher
I should also list the other contributors to the panel at the top and to the right (who probably all did far more than me): Laura Doehler, Ellie Stamp, Rob Heppell, Matt Cullin, Tim Bell, Ray Goodall and, of course, Simone Kay and Natalie Kay-Thatcher.

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L K wrote on Nov. 11, 2013 @ 22:49 GMT
The stained glass really is stunning - such vibrant colours. How did you make it?

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali replied on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 17:27 GMT
Hi L. K.,

I probably should have explained that in my original post. Simone Kay based the design on an image from the 2MASS satellite survey, drawing the outline of different coloured galaxies onto a sheet of transparent toughened glass, in black marker pen. At the workshop, we had the fun job of smashing bits of stained glass with a hammer -- or trying to cut it to size with glass cutter -- and then sticking down the pieces with glue. There was a bleeding hand incident (not mine), but apart from that, it all went well. The black background was filled in with grout.

Credit: Simone Kay
Here's a framed image.

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Héctor Daniel Gianni wrote on Nov. 12, 2013 @ 21:33 GMT
Zeeya Merali:

Dear sir, can you read my post, on your thread abouit space and time?

I will be gratefull for your atention.Tank you

Héctor Daniel Gianni

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FQXi Administrator Zeeya Merali replied on Nov. 13, 2013 @ 17:29 GMT
Hi Hector,

Which thread are you referring to? I've opened quite few threads (sometimes on behalf of other people), so I'm not sure which you mean.

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John R. Cox replied on Dec. 27, 2013 @ 22:45 GMT
Eckard,

This was meant for 'Faster Than Light'

Please pardon my display of Wikignorance, but if Pete insists on having a reference frame in spacetime which establishes celeritus as the uniform constant of propagation, how about a 3 Sphere transiting a hyperplane, the boundaries of which are the troughs of a wavelength time span?

A wavetrain of monophotonic stream emission is represented by a 3 Sphere entering a hyperplane at point of contact x. The hyperplane has a time boundary co-incidental to the wavelength, x,x'. In transit of the time boundary the 3 Sphere evolves from the zero point to a volumetric sphere with its maximal size occurring at mid-point of the hyperplane time boundary and collapses again to a point. Physically this is consistent with Faraday and Maxwell, and obtains what you and Tom keep saying, Light Velocity knows what it is! Merry January 6th. jrc

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