Earlier this week, I had 45 minutes with Honor Harger for a profile piece, which you can read here. It brought me to an undiscovered universe of inquiry into and around intersections of art and science, as well as the undivorced roles of technology and culture.
I’ve been trying to learn more through articles, research papers, podcasts, even sitting through videos—not an easy feat for an ADD kid.
I won’t deny it. I’m totally geeking out.
About 37 years ago, Joy Division released their debut album Unknown Pleasures with a sleeve design that is pretty iconic:
This is actually a reversal of the visual representation of the successive pulses from CP1919, the first pulsar discovered in 1967. Seeing the original image presented by Honor during her TEDxSingapore talk (without reference to Joy Division) was another geek-out moment for me.
Honor has also spoken at TED about the noises of stars, pulsars and planets. If you like TED talks, here’s another one from 14 years ago by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space.
“Art could provide science with a source of scientific ideas, and valuable tools to model tools so we can better understand the consequences. Art could take scientific metaphors beyond the merely metaphorical.”
I’ve also just started listening to podcasts, and chose this for my first. If only the body and mind can separate…imagine all the podcasts one can listen to during sleeping hours!
I won’t embarrass myself like I did during the interview by sharing more than nuggets of discovery. But I am once again excited in a way that was almost forgotten. This is a timely reminder of all that’s out there—the possibilities, all that I’m ignorant of, and the indescribable joy of learning.