Suckers for Science

While we here at Together have been reveling in the nonsensical lately (as evinced by the recently completed and posted Half-A-Pantaloon), we also spend a lot of time marveling at the scientific.

Recently, Together did the graphics for ZAPPED: The Buzz About Mosquitoes for the David Suzuki show, The Nature of Things. It was terrific to be a part of an episode that was scientifically fascinating, beautifully shot, and a little bit alarming. We had the pleasure of screening it with producers & crew, and were glad to see the graphics did their job on the larger screen! Check it out to learn more about the spread of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases – and the various global efforts to fight that spread.

Left to our own devices, Hector usually geeks out on astrophysics and astronomy, whereas I tend to enerdtain myself with books on  neurology and psychology, but we both enjoy sitting around listening to Radiolab or StarTalk podcasts.

Naturally, we were both inspired and maybe a teensy bit jealous of Fraser Davidson’s beautiful animation: Richard Feynman – Ode to a Flower.

Richard Feynman – Ode To A Flower from Fraser Davidson on Vimeo.

The audio (from a BBC Horizon interview with Feynman) is a heartfelt explanation by physicist and Nobel Laureate Feynman on how science does not dull, but only deepens our perception of a flower’s beauty. The visuals are a gorgeous rhythmic paen, illustrating and enhancing the audio.

In Natalie Angier’s book, The Cannon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science, she quotes geneticist Andy Feinberg as saying, “Things were different while I as growing up…It was the time of Sputnik, the race into space, and everybody was caught up in science. They thought it was important. They thought it was exciting. They thought it was cool. Somehow we must reinvigorate that spirit…

Feynman’s words and Davidson’s animation certainly invigorates that spirit, that feeling that science is thrilling. This short inspires us to keep learning, but also, to keep animating. Animation continues to be, in our eyes, such a delightful way to convey messages, whether informative, or simply silly.

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