29 September 2009: University of California Davis
Ranging from slime molds to quantum matter to Alzheimer's disease, a new online exhibit opening Oct. 1 aims to encourage young people to learn about "emergence," complex behaviors that arise from the interaction of simple parts, and encourages them to develop an "emergent perspective."
"An emergent perspective allows you to approach real-world problems in a different way," said David Pines, distinguished professor of physics at UC Davis and co-director of the University of California Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, which sponsored the Emergent Universe Web site. "You realize that here are no unique solutions -- you have to try many different things, look for organizing principles and get a feel for what is connected to what."
Emergent Universe http://www.emergentuniverse.org uses animations, art, games, music and even a manga comic book to draw viewers into exploring emergent phenomena. The exhibit is aimed at 15- to 30-year-olds, college-bound or college-educated, but not necessarily with a scientific background. … > full press release
Sections of interest:
- renegade (amyloid) proteins with a primary focus on Alzheimer's disease
- a dance video that imaginatively envisions the impact of AD on a father and daughter
- images of a group of young people that you can run forward in time to see which of them get AD as they age
- Alzheimer’s from the Inside is a series of self portraits by William Utermohlen during 5 years following diagnosis