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Emmy Noether Solves the Universe.

Emmy Noether Solves the Universe.

“Momentum is always conserved, except when it isn’t.” In high school physics, we learn all manner of conservation laws, one at a time, when they accidentally happen to pop up, without so much as a word of explanation for WHY nature seems to care so much about these quantities.  We’ve asked, of course, only to have our knuckles rapped for impertinence or, in our less corporal age, been referred to ... »

Math Girls:  A Manga on how to be a Trig Rock Star and Still Survive High School

Math Girls: A Manga on how to be a Trig Rock Star and Still Survive High School

“Open any math book and you’ll find a ton of equations.  Each one is an expression of someone’s thoughts.  There’s always someone on the other side of the math.  Someone trying to send us a message.  Someone trying to make a connection.  I work hard at math so I can make that connection.” – Math Girls.   Quick, name three female Marvel characters who are good at math. I spend an inordinate am... »

Maria Merian: The Princess Bubblegum of 17th Century Biology

Maria Merian: The Princess Bubblegum of 17th Century Biology

Biology took a while to figure itself out.  For centuries, it was a mish-mash of Aristotelian sentiments and cabinets of Unnatural Curiosities whose only organizing principle was a Ripleyish sense of the weird.  One of the great turning points came in 1735, with the publication of Carl Linneaus’s Systema Naturae, a work which systematized the chaos and provided a baseline for all further biologica... »

Isabel Morgan, Polio, and the High Cost of Marriage

Isabel Morgan, Polio, and the High Cost of Marriage

Polio, unique among humanity’s eradicated diseases, carries with it a visual familiarity that has insistently lingered far beyond its demise. Boys and girls with leg braces and dual crutches. FDR in his wheelchair. Rooms full of iron lungs mechanically keeping children alive. Paradoxically, that very immediacy has defanged our towering horror of the disease somewhat – we realize that all of these ... »

Just An Angry Rant About The Whole Shia LeBeouf Art Theft Thing

Just An Angry Rant About The Whole Shia LeBeouf Art Theft Thing

I’m tempted to just repost CHUD.com’s breakdown of the whole Shia LaBeouf art-theft deal, without any credit, as a hilarious meta-commentary. But even as a joke, that makes me queasy. Also, I typed the hyphenate “meta-commentary” and I feel like I should be set on fire for it. So let’s leave that and go back to 6 o’clock Tuesday morning. I had just gotten up and... »

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

In popular mythology, the 1687 publication of Newton’s Principia was the culminating moment when one human told the world how the universe works, performed his century’s equivalent of the mic drop, and then received the adulation that was his due.  Of course, it worked nothing like that, and while England was quick to lionize his intellectual achievement, it took half a century for his ideas to ca... »

Nerrd Lines

Nerrd Lines

Robin Thicke’s recent hit “Blurred Lines” is more than a little problematic (this excellent gender-swapped parody by Mod Carousel illustrates a few of its issues), but we’ve got one problem with that isn’t getting nearly enough attention: not enough lyrics about cosplay! Thankfully, nerd hip hop troubador Adam WarRock has addressed our concerns with his own parody abo... »

“Sufficiently Funded” or “How I Waited Too Long to Write This”

“Sufficiently Funded” or “How I Waited Too Long to Write This”

Here’s the thing folks: Mad Art Lab contributor, Maki, has had a Hell of a Year. In addition to almost being beard-napped by angry space gnomes (long story), he was a contestant and FINALIST on Penny Arcade’s reality web-series Stripsearch!, where he battled 11 other contestants (to the death? Wait that can’t be right) to win a bunch of money and move to Seattle, like a jerk. If ... »

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