Wednesday, 25 November 2009

There were people who would sit in one place for years. Not the Saddhus of India who would sit in one place with a limb hanging emulating a god. These would sleep, eat, work and play in one box. Cooked food could be delivered to this box. They did not graze their animals or farm the land. They used artificial light instead of the sun. They used numbered devices to know when to begin and end a task. They did not leave their boxes to visit family and friends as they had machines to communicate over the air with their voice or by writing. Music and pictures were delivered into the boxes. Their minds would move from place to place but their bodies remained stationary.

Adapted from 'Lost Guides'

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Perception of time

It is a common observation that our perception of time changes as we get older (and bigger). I have tried to show this in the graph. Time is plotted on a log scale against height in metres.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

science = art

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Here sizes below the time axis get smaller and smaller through the building-blocks of matter until we reach a size less than a quark. The vertical axis would have to extend a lot lower to include the theoretical sizes of loops according to string theory.

The future is plotted on a similar curious scale where we imagine what will happen about a second into the future.

We finally reach the limits of what is knowable.