A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but couldn’t one’s appreciation of that aroma get a boost from understanding the science behind its existence? So theoretical physicist Richard Feynman argues from beyond the grave in ‘Ode to a Flower’, a short animation by Fraser Davidson. Pulling from a 1981 BBC interview with the charismatic Nobel laureate, Davidson’s simple graphics make the case for a multifaceted sense of admiration. Reversing the angle, are there not those of us for whom Science is a patient etherized upon a table, until viewed through the warm lens of a tightly edited animation? Speaking for myself, yes.
Let us find ways for our existing passions to lead to new found appreciations and an ever-deepening sense of wonder in the new year.
– Ayun Halliday is the author of Peanut, a graphic novel released earlier this week. Find her @AyunHalliday
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This is really great, thanks for the animation. Its an inspiration