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Sep 092013
 
Bogdan Ater, the Catcher in the Field of Time

by Eva Defeses Niram Art Magazine Although at first sight, art and science may appear as totally separate fields, imagination bonds them together and causes them to interact and enrich one another in subtle and mysterious ways.  Many visionary artists and scientists were perceived as “strange” by their contemporaries and throughout world history there are many examples of men “ahead of their times “. Such is the case of Zeno of Elea, a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who foresaw modern time quantum physics discoveries more than two millennia ago, while being considered a fool by his contemporaries. One of the most famous ideas linked to Zeno is that if the observation period is divided into the shortest instants possible, then time freezes. Taking the example of an arrow in flight, his  paradox states that since an arrow is not seen in motion during any single instant, it cannot possibly move at all. Paying tribute to the Greek philosopher, the Quantum Zeno Effect is the name given to the discovery made by two physicists George Sudarshan and Baidyanath Misra of the University of Texas in 1977. The experiment proved that in a situation in which an unstable particle is observed continuously, it will never decay.   The human mind is wired to perceive reality in sequences, like the frames of a movie. Our eyes percieve snapshots of reality and afterward it’s our mind’s job to put them together and interpret them as time and movement. Art is the only way in which we share with others our […]