Symmetry and Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics: A Student Art Show
Symmetry and the search for broken symmetries guide
our understanding of the laws of physics; symmetry
and asymmetry are also at the heart of our aesthetic
experiences in the arts. This exhibition showcases
student work produced in the 2015 Symmetry &
Aesthetics in Contemporary Physics course, an
experimental College of Creative Studies seminar.
The purpose of the class is to explore foundational ideas
of physics such as the relationship between mathematics
and nature and the role of symmetry and asymmetry
in nature, the arts, human perception, as well as the
hidden mathematical symmetries that appear to govern
the laws of physics.
The seminar is taught by Dr. Jatila van der Veen
and funded by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
and the Planck Mission.