April, 2016

  • Inspiration

    “We painters take the same liberties as poets and madmen” Paolo Veronese  (1528 – 1588)


    The Wedding at Cana  (1563) The painting contain over 130 figures, and not a single one is visibly speaking. This is because the painting was commissioned for a Benedictine Monastery, and silence in their refectory was strictly observed. Tradition holds that the artist painted himself in this area. Other people thought to be portrayed in the painting are Titian, Eleanor of Austria, Francis I of France, Mary I of England, Suleiman the Magnificent, Vittoria Colonna, Emperor Charles V, Marcantonio Barbaro, Daniele Barbaro, Giulia Gonzaga, Cardinal Pole, Triboulet, and Sokollu Mehmet Paşa. What if we could visualize their thoughts?


    Supercomputing the brain’s secrets Some researchers say the mysteries of the mind can be solved — soon. Mental illness, memory, perception: they're made of neurons and electric signals, and they plan to find them with a supercomputer that models all the brain's 100,000,000,000,000 synapses.