Edward Tufte Celebrates Richard Feynman at Fermilab


feyman van_renditionThe gulf between art and mathematics is not nearly as wide as one might think. Beginning on Saturday, April 12, famed statistician and artist Edward Tufte will prove it with an installation at the Fermilab Art Gallery titled The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams.

The exhibit features Tufte’s three-dimensional steel sculptures, built in the shape of Feynman diagrams, the data visualization tool devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in the 1940s. Feynman diagrams are used in every analysis made at Fermilab, and Tufte’s work emphasizes their inherent beauty.

Tufte’s exhibit is the cornerstone of a Feynman celebration at Fermilab, which kicks off with a pair of events. The exhibit runs through June 26. The exhibit also includes a display of the famous “Feynman van” and Tufte’s Airstream trailer, the “Interplanetary Explorer.” Via Fermilab

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