Crystal Math: Crystallization in Science, Popular Culture, and Society

Tanja Traxler
Institute of Fine Arts and Media Art, Art & Science
2023S, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04546

Description

The study of crystals in physics has advanced the scientific understanding of the behavior of matter and has provided key insights into the nature of space and time - with far-reaching societal consequences.

Crystals have both served as an object of scientific investigation and as a requisite or medium for physical studies. In general, crystals are known for their regular, repeating patterns, which yield unique physical properties. In this course, different types of crystals and processes of crystallization will be discussed, e.g. six-corned snowflakes that kept Johanne Kepler awake at night, noteable molecular structures in chemistry and their effect on the human body, as well as beta barium borate crystals that allow the creation of entangled photons, and the hypothetical structure of time crystals.

In addition, societal, ecological, and technological impacts will be explored - as well as connections to the arts and popular culture.

Examination Modalities

  • Recap of one of the sessions (in groups)​
  • Active participation in the reading discussions​
  • Paper á 2.000-3.000 words on one of the topics discussed in the course or artistic work to be presented on June 28th

Dates

08 March 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34 (preliminary discussion)
15 March 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
22 March 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
29 March 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
19 April 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
26 April 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
03 May 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
10 May 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
31 May 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
07 June 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
14 June 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34
26 June 2023, 13:30–15:30 Excursion to Atominstitut
28 June 2023, 14:00–15:30 Seminar Room 34

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2023, 00:00 to 31 March 2023, 23:59
Via online registration

Art & Science (Master): Methods and Practices of Transdisciplinary Research: Praxis and Theory 776/002.16

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible