Julia Robinson and the Cracking of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem (Women in Science 33)

Julia Robinson and the Cracking of Hilbert’s Tenth Problem (Women in Science 33)

For mathematicians, the only thing more exciting than proving a theorem is proving that it can never be proven. These anti-proofs, if you will, stand firmly against all future progress of humanity and state, “No matter how clever you become, what new branches of thought you invent, you’ll never be able to do this. Sorry about it.” The most famous of these is Kurt Gödel’s 19... »

Black Hole image made on a scanner bed by Navid Baraty

Mad Quickies: Scanner Bed Astronomy, Imaginary Street Maps, Dancing Paper Cranes and More!

I have some Mad Art Cast business to attend to (I have to watch a movie… for research), so I’m gonna cut the the chase: HERE ARE YOUR WEDNESDAY QUICKIES. You tried to do this at your office holiday party, but artist Navid Baraty has taken scanning full moons to a whole new level (get it?). He throws particular stuff on a copier bed, scans and voila! gorgeous, imaginary astronomical ima... »

Mad Art Cast Episode #4

Mad Art Cast Episode #4

We’re back with Episode #4! This is our second long-form episode. We had a bit of trouble with our recording this time out. We entertained the idea of tell y’all we’d recorded from Mars itself, but instead I’m just coming clean about our newbie trial and error. Please forgive us for a bit of tinny sound in this episode. We’ll be better moving forward. If you like our ... »

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Doodle Edition

Show Us Your Ugly Things: Doodle Edition

This year many of my facebook friends started a “Doodle a Day” project on January first, but as I wasn’t planning ahead for it I waited till February to start myself. When it comes to performance art (puppetry) I tend to be of a “mash-up culture” mindset (for both the stuff I write, as well as the stuff Treelobsters writes for us) and those mashups are my “style... »

Mad Quickies: #SciArt Storify, Hackaball, Surreal Ceramics, Book Tank, Peeback Time and More!

Mad Quickies: #SciArt Storify, Hackaball, Surreal Ceramics, Book Tank, Peeback Time and More!

Dear Marian Call, Alaskan Extraordinaire- how DO you deal with this weather? Because, hello from the still-frozen Northeast. I’d wave, but my fingers have been wrapped around this mug of tea for three months now. I kid. I put the mug down long enough to tap out these Q-Q-Q-Q-Q-Quickies. Science writer and cancer biology PhD, Beckie Port, assembled her choice of 75 of the best #SciArt in this... »

LAWAAG, ATHEIST and Mad Art Cast Swag!

LAWAAG, ATHEIST and Mad Art Cast Swag!

In an attempt to help fund the many extracurricular art, science and atheism related projects I have started, I have set up a Cafe Press page where you can purchase fun shirts and other such swag with the Mad Art Cast and my Los Angeles Women’s Atheist and Agnostic Group logos. A small percentage of the proceeds go to me so I can help keep these projects alive and your support is much needed... »

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