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The Exploratorium celebrates the 20th anniversary of Pi Day with a pie-throwing contest, Pi Day exhibits in Second Life, and more activities honoring everyone's favorite mathematical constant. Join Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an authority on positive psychology and flow, for a lecture on creativity. Dr. Csikszentmihalyi reviews the common traits of creative people and describe the environments that foster innovation. Preview the Exploratorium's Mind exhibit, an exhibit collection four years in the making.
In Mind, you are the exhibit. Experience your own thoughts, feelings and
actions in provocative and unexpected ways in this major new
5000-square-foot collection. Discover insights into how you make decisions,
the kinds of things you do (or don’t) pay attention to, and the changing
landscapes and intriguing effects of your own emotions. Mind is made
possible with the support of the National Science Foundation.
In this video, ride in a special Mattracks truck across the ice sheet with geologist Christina Riesselman as she travels with ANDRILL Staff Scientist Richard Levy from McMurdo Station to the ANDRILL drill site. They investigate the truck’s special wheels, observe beautiful panoramas of the Transantarctic Mountains, and hear the drill running at the drill site. 3/14 at 1:59 pm
It's also Einstein's Birthday
From San Francisco to New York, in museums, universities, classrooms and in
the privacy of one’s own home - and of course on Second Life - people are
celebrating Pi. In 2008, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pi Day, an
international holiday born at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. Animated abstract images create a portrait of matter in perpetual decomposition. Runa’s Spell conveys a moment of connectedness with the sensual persuasions of an imaginary world. Image and music interact in a dramatic way to deepen and enhance the perception of enchantment and longing. The visuals consist of digitally interwoven and layered animated hand-paintings on 35mm film stock, animated objects and cutouts, and pixilation of live creatures. The music attempts to create a spiritual sense of journey through the fractional evocation of ancient Egyptian folk song. The sonorous texture of trembling and contorted images illustrate the hesitation, solitude, and endless dreamscape of the human mind. Join us as UC Berkeley's Dr. Robert Levenson interviews acclaimed psychologist Dr. Paul Ekman about his 40 years of research into the universality of human facial expressions. The talk includes photographs and never-before-seen footage from Dr. Ekman's fieldwork among the Fore, an isolated New Guinea tribe he first visited in the early 1960s. Join us for more conversation with David Ainley and other researchers studying Adelie penguins in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. This machinima, a movie made entirely within Second Life (a 3-D virtual world), shows a simulation of the impact of a meteor on the surface of Mars.