Thanks to SciArt’s contribution, I finally purchased airplane tickets and Airbnb in Vancouver, so I am ready to visit TRIUMF at the end of November. I am looking forward to some great camera shots around the particle collider. These shots will become part of the science fiction movie we are preparing with Thanassis. I am very excited about its non-traditional format. It will be made especially for Thanassis's planetarium. This planetarium is smaller than the Hayden at the Museum of Natural History, but that is, in my opinion, an advantage. Its capacity is, I think, somewhere between ten to twenty people, which could offer genuinely personal and immersive experience with the projections. We are even considering using one or two actors, which would also be unique, since actors are traditionally not present in planetarium shows. I realized that creating a storyboard for such presentation is not an easy task. We already started discussing possibilities, but it is far from finished. First, we are trying to outline "characters" and other elements that would create networks of relationships with data from the particle collider. We are considering to use early atomists - ancient philosophers Democritos, Leucippus, Epicurus, and Lucretius with his poem Derrerum Natura. We would like to trace the evolution of the atomist and materialist theory thru the history into recent scientific theories of relativity and quantum physics. We would like to trace addresses of various elements that we are made of, to specific types of stars and eras, where these atoms were born. We found a few inspiring artworks below:
The last week was very productive for our team. We had a Skype call last Sunday, where we discussed a bit about the story of our sci-fi planetarium show, and the details for our trip to Vancouver. To be honest, we don’t have a concrete plan yet, however there are many ideas on the table. The only question now is how we will synthesize them in order to serve our narrative.
Our main topic will be the atomic theory, as formulated by the Greek Philosophers, and how it was evolved through the years until the birth of Quantum Mechanics. We also want to raise awareness about the connection of humans with the universe. One of my ideas for the second part was to have a human body disassembled and then the atoms of which the person was made of swirl around the dome and return back to the cosmos.
Matej has already found a way to access and manipulate my experimental data, and he’s also planning to perform some simulations of different star types which produce different elements in the universe.
The weirdness of quantum mechanics was also brought to the table. I shared a video with Matej, where at the first part an electron revolves aroud a nucleus, much like a planet revolves around the Sun. That was our old understanding of the electrons, before the quantum formulation. At the second one, things become more interesting: the electron jumps from one place to another, until at the end it is transformed into a probability distribution around the nucleus. We cannot locate the electron, but we can calculate its probability of being at a specific region around the nucleus.
How we first though electrons revolve around a nucleus, and how the actually move.