The whole is something else than the sum of its parts…

It has been said: The whole is more than the sum of its parts. It is more correct to say that the whole is something else than the sum of its parts, because summing is a meaningless procedure, whereas the whole-part relationship is meaningful. — Kurt Koffka REFERENCE Principles of Gestalt Psychology | Kurt Koffka […]

Meet the Elements: Atoms, elements, and interactions

The music video for the song, “Meet the Elements,” is an “animated, upbeat ode to the periodic table of elements[.]” The periodic table visually organizes structural and chemical relationships among the various elements, while the music video offers a playful glimpse into the types of interactions among elements that — “like a box of paints […]

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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio | Perpetual Ocean

This is an animation of ocean surface currents from June 2005 to December 2007 from NASA satellites. Watch how bigger currents like the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuroshio in the Pacific carry warm waters across thousands of miles at speeds greater than four miles per hour (six kilometers per hour); how […]


Symmetry | Will Hoffman • Daniel Mercadante • Julius Metoyer III

Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video by Everynone plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be. REFERENCE Symmetry | Everynone (Will Hoffman • Daniel Mercadante • Julius Metoyer III)


One is one … or is it? Counting, units, and the (relative) value of the concept of one

Interaction involves relationships, and relationships involve the ways in which things are connected to each other. It all begins with the individual thing or unit of one. One is, by definition, the smallest whole number. So it may feel like a very simple idea. Yet when we question this idea, we find that the concept […]