It’s been years since I thought about physics a subject, let alone go on a mad scramble down the rabbit hole, which is link-hopping in wikipedia, to try to attempt to understand the theory of quantum physics.
Here is what I have so far (almost everything is from Wikipedia sorry)
Quantum physics (otherwise known as Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Theory, amongst a bunch of other names) is a “fundamental theory in physics which describe nature at the smallest scales of energy levels of atom and subatomic particles”. Quantum physics differs from classical physics in that:
• Energy, momentum and other quantities of a bound system are restricted to discrete values (I honestly still don’t really understand this portion but okay I will read more about it and try to process it as we go along on this project I guess)
• Objects have characteristics of both particles and wave (wave-particle duality – a pretty interesting concept)
• There are limits to the precision with which quantities can be measured (uncertainty principle – another part that I do not really understand and might not ever understand because based on the wikipedia page, there is so much math my brain cannot process).
Here is another link that I was looking at as well, to try to further understand quantum physics. The article covers some pretty basic information about quantum physics on a whole and is good if you are just trying to get a general idea of the whole thing.
Based on what I’ve read so far, I feel that quantum physics is very much based off on the concept of superposition, where any two or more (!!!) quantum states can be added together and the result will be another valid quantum state. And because of that, you can say that every quantum state can be represented as a sum of two or more other distinct states. This brings to mind stories of myths and legends of gods and deities, where they are able to appear in different guises or like how in Buddhism, there are so many different forms of the Buddha. I kind of link this to the idea of monotheism, which is the belief of there being only one god, while recognising the other various gods and seeing the unity between all of them.
Another key concept in quantum physics is Quantum Entanglement. A physical phenomenon which occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently of the state of the other(s), even when separated at a large distance. And that any measurement of a property of a particle performs an irreversible collapse on the particle, thus changing its original quantum state. To me, essentially, entanglement is like cause and effect. To me, it brings to mind the whole idea of the threads of fate in Greek mythology. In the Chinese culture, there is a similar belief about the threads of fate but it is often tied to the concept of marriage or relationships instead. It also brings to mind the whole idea of karma and how every action has its consequences.
moodboard 1: Monotheism
I thought of using the continuous line drawing technique to express this concept, whereby something is linked to everything, expressing how they are actually all the same thing at the end of the day.
moodboard 2: The Fates & the thread of fate
I link the idea of cause and effect to that of the concept of threads of fate. From there, I arrive at The Three Fates from Greek mythology.
So I decided to go with concept 2 and use the theme of The Three Fates as the basis behind my patterns. I decided to base my motifs off threads, scissors and the drop spindle to represent the Three Fates. Additionally, I plan to include hands and strings mimicking the DNA structure in the banner as well. We shall see how it goes.