Saturday, April 23, 2016

week 4

I have had a lot of injuries throughout my life. Most of them have to do with my fingers. I play volleyball, and have broken four fingers. I have therefore had to get four bone x-rays. I also have had to get teeth x-rays at the dentist, and go through an x-ray at the airport. I don't even think anything special when I get x-rayed because I have gotten it done so many times. However, it is a huge invention that has greatly benefited society. 

Body worlds is a popular exhibition that I visited as a kid. It is absolutely amazing! Gunther von Hagens came up with the idea of taking water and fat from human bodies and replacing  them with plastic. He was dismissed as a failure by some people. However, his exhibition lets us see what the human body looks like in 3-D. He preserved different body parts in plastic that viewers can look at and learn about the human body. 

There are a lot of amazing medical technologies that have allowed people to find out what is going on in side our bodies. X-rays are used in manufacturing, airports, medical tests, etc. In 1895 Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen created x rays. He earned the first nobel peace prize in physics.

Raymond Vahan Damadian tried to make x rays safe. He ended up creating the MRI scanner. It took 5 hours to produce one image. A CAT scan was also invented; it Creates a 3-D image of internal organs

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

week 3

There are many people who have changed industrialization as we know it. In my blog this week, I am going to discuss how certain figures in history have changed the technological world, and therefore the industrialized world as well.

Most people believe the printing press was invented by Johannes Gutenberg. However, it was not invented by him. The printing press was first invented by the Chinese. Gutenberg brought the printing technology to America and made many important modifications and this contributed to the start of the Renaissance. It also led to the assembly line production and the industrial revolution. The printing press allowed books to be created much easier and faster, leading to the spread of books across America, and eventually across the world. This also led to the spread of education.

In the early 1900's cars were very expensive, and only for the rich. Henry Ford did not like this and decided to design a car that could be afforded by everyone. The real magic was the assembly line he used to create this. The assembly line was never used before Ford, and decreased the amount of time it took to built a car, therefore decreasing their cost. The assembly line revolutionized the world of technology and led to major change in the car industry. However, workers were sometimes treated like they were a part of a machine. This is because they had bad work hours and conditions, and were treated like they were not human. Nowadays, many factories use actual robots to get rid of this issue.

Alan Turing is considered the father of artificial life. He worked for the government by deciphering messages from Germans. He eventually committed suicide because of the non acceptance of his sexuality. Even though he had a short, tragic life, Turing made a huge difference in the world. He created the turing machine: the first automatic machine. It wasn't practical computing technology but is one of the first forms of it. The idea of artificial intelligence was really started by Turing. Artificial intelligence has led to so many different inventions that have changed how technology is used today.

In Walter Benjamin's article "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" he writes, "This includes the changes which [pieces of art] may have suffered in physical condition over the years as well as the various changes in its ownership. The traces of the first can be revealed only by chemical or physical analyses which it is impossible to perform on a reproduction..." This quote talks about how architects and other people who care about ancient art need science to help them explain certain things about ancient art pieces. Science and art go hand in hand. Scientists and artists can help each other immensely if they join forces. 

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"Alan Turing: The Enigma." Alan Turing: The Enigma. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader (n.d.): 25-33. Web.

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"Johannes Gutenberg." A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Unit 2

The Picnic Party is a painting by Jack Vettriano. Jack Vettriano is a scottish artist. The painting is an oil painting with subdued colors. It depicts a man and two women walking along the beach looking for a place to have a picnic. This is one of my favorite pieces of artwork. I love the colors and the peaceful vibe of the piece. Due to math, artists are able to make paintings appear to be 3D. They are also able to make sure the proportions of the painting are even, and measure the volume of a sculpture. Math comes in handy and is sometimes necessary for artwork to be created.  

Good Will Hunting is a movie about a janitor who is a mathematical genius. This movie shows that your background or situation in life does not define your self worth. Whether it is art, science, or math, everyone has their own strengths. Even if a person is better at science than art, it doesn't mean that they cannot enjoy art as well. It is important to explore your interests, and do things you are not necessarily talented at. We all have the ability to do both art and science. R. Buckminster Fuller said, “Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.” Our education system tells us to only do things we are good at. This limits a persons potential.

Good Will Hunting. Miramax Films, 1997.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Unit 1

The choice between art and science for me has always been simple. I chose art. This choice has always been necessary for a child to make because it has been taught from a young age that one cannot be well versed in both science and art. I never knew you could actually be good at both. My right side of my brain, or the "artistic side" is definitely stronger, and art has always come much easier to me than science. Easy led me to believe that art was the right choice. I also have had amazing art teachers and mediocre science ones, leading me to believe art is better than science. I think educators play a huge role in which side one takes and the fact that one has to choose a side at all. UCLA is different than all of the other schools I have attended in that it allows you to experience both art and science. You can do a major in science and a minor in art, or vice versa. You can also double major.

Charles Percy Snow came up with the idea of the separation of art and science. He was a novelist, worked for the government and was a scientist. At an annual seminar in Cambridge he identified two cultures: science and literacy. He wrote eleven books and the essay "The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution." In the essay he talked about the separation of art and science, which leads to ignorance. He also describes how this leads to the wealth gap in society: the disparity between the rich and the poor. He said that, "everyone should have literacy and science."

Victoria Vesna is a media artist and a professor at UCLA. She wrote the essay, "Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between." She talks about how artists who work with computers can be inspired by how many amazing scientific innovations there are in the world. She wrote, "Scientists can relate to and understand [artists'] work easily primarily because we use the same tools - computers." Computers are an important tool to bridge the gap between art and science. Computers come in handy in both fields and allows scientists and artists to implement each others work into their own.

Snow, C. P. The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

The Editors of Encyclop√¶dia Britannica. "C.P. Snow." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 03 Apr. 2016.

Vesna, Victoria. Toward a Third Culture: Being in Between. N.p.: MIT, n.d. Print.

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