68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (November 22, 2015 — November 24, 2015)

P0021: Immaculate Collision

  • Mark Stock, Independent artist
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/APS.DFD.2015.GFM.P0021

Less than a century of research in computer science, numerical methods, and semiconductor engineering has given scientists and engineers a previously-unimagined ability to create virtual simulations of complex phenomena from nature and physics.  Alongside, and as part of, this research, artists have embraced these techniques to inspect and reflect on these phenomena and the ramifications of the new science of simulation.  In these images, the researcher (an artist) uses a unique approach to computing and illustrating the complex and tangled virtual surfaces within turbulent flows, which are common in nature but transient and normally hidden from direct observation.  Novel techniques such as these bridge the gap between the worlds of art and science and may provide new insights into complex phenomena.

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