Martin Finnin

133 Flips | 2 Magazines | 49 Likes | 5 Following | 2 Followers | @MartinFinnin | artist, abstract painter, reluctant sculptor |                              diehard rag & bone man | waiting for flying cars |    represented by John Martin Gallery, London

How a Hungarian Teenager Revolutionized Mathematics and Equipped Einstein with the Building Blocks of Relativity

“I have created a new universe from nothing.”<p><i>“Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare,”</i> Edna St. Vincent Millay wrote in her lovely ode to how the father of geometry transformed the way we see and comprehend the world. But although the ancient Alexandrian mathematician provided humanity’s only …

Mathematics

Two Hundred Years of Blue

Cerulean splendor from Goethe, Thoreau, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Rachel Carson, Toni Morrison, and other literary masters.<p>With Carl Sagan’s poetic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i> on my mind lately, I have found myself dwelling on the color blue and the way our planet’s elemental hue, the most symphonic of …

In Praise of Darkness: Henry Beston on How the Beauty of Night Nourishes the Human Spirit

“For a moment of night we have a glimpse of ourselves and of our world islanded in its stream of stars — pilgrims of mortality, voyaging between horizons across eternal seas of space and time.”<p><i>“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty,”</i> wrote the Japanese novelist Junichiro Tanizaki in his …

Why an Impoverished Chaim Soutine Filled His Studio with Rotting Meat

Chaim Soutine, <i>Chicken Hanging Before a Brick Wall</i>, 1925. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of Erich Lessing / Art Resource, New York …

Robert Rauschenberg’s 34 Illustrations of Dante’s Inferno (1958-60)

Perhaps more than any other postwar avant-garde American artist, Robert Rauschenberg matched, and maybe exceeded, Marcel Duchamp’s puckish …

Philip Roth (RIP) Creates a List of the 15 Books That Influenced Him Most

We stand at a pivotal time in history, and not only when it comes to presidential politics and other tragedies. The boomer-era artists and writers …

When Robert Rauschenberg Asked Willem De Kooning for One of His Paintings … So That He Could Erase It

How to make a name for oneself in the art world? Every up-and-coming artist has to face that intimidating question in one way or another, but Robert …

Pablo Picasso’s Idiosyncratic Genius

A life in art.<p>Pablo Ruiz Picasso began being an artist at the age of prodigy—at about seven—and at seventy-five he remains the complete phenomenon he has been throughout the intervening years. The excesses of his artistic endowment, of his will, of his life appetites, and of his character appear to …

Steve Jobs Used These 3 Deceptively Simple Questions to Turn Apple into an Innovation Powerhouse

Why don't more bosses ask them?<p>Steve Jobs did many things to make himself successful. He trained his brain using this simple meditation technique. He immersed himself in these highly unusual books. He also listened to ten songs that inspired and motivated him.<p>Steve Jobs also helped thousands of …

Innovation

Reality, Representation, and the Search for Meaning: Argentine Artist Mirtha Dermisache’s Invented Graphic Languages

A poetic reminder that language itself is an invention — a net woven of abstraction in which we try to hold reality, only to watch it all too often slip through uncaught.<p><i>“Is language the adequate expression of all realities?”</i> Nietzsche asked in contemplating how we use language to both reveal and …

The Disruptors - Up, up and away - BBC News

Up, up<br>and away<p>It's more than 100 years since<br>the Wright Brothers. But humanity<br>has never stopped dreaming of flying<br>free like a bird.<p>By Matthew Wall<p>In the Greek myth, inventor Daedalus fashioned wings from willow branches, feathers and wax to create a means of escape from prison for himself and his …

Aviation

Walt Whitman’s Advice to the Young on the Building Blocks of Character and What It Takes to Be an Agent of Change

“Go, dear friend, if need be give up all else, and commence to-day to inure yourself to pluck, reality, self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness…”<p><i>“In the long run,”</i> Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in considering how we bring about social change, <i>“there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience</i> …

The Universe as an Infinite Storm of Beauty: John Muir on the Transcendent Interconnectedness of Nature

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”<p><i>“I… a universe of atoms… an atom in the universe,”</i> the Nobel-winning physicist Richard Feynman wrote in his lovely prose poem about evolution. <i>“The fact that we are connected through space and time,”</i> …

The last of the samurai – in pictures

A collection of rare photographs of samurai presented by Daniella Dangoor is being exhibited at The London Photograph Fair. Most photographs purporting to be of samurai are actually not and were taken after 1877, when the samurai system was abolished. These images are of genuine samurai, taken …

Photography

National Geographic Has Digitized Its Collection of 6,000+ Vintage Maps: See a Curated Selection of Maps Published Between 1888 and Today

As some of the finest fictional world-builders have understood, few things excite the imagination like a map. And despite the geographical limitation …

Groundbreaking Map from 1858 Colorfully Visualizes 6,000 Years of World History

We start to understand history by listening to it told to us verbally, which lets us visualize it in our imagination. But how much more might we …

8 Awe-Inspiring Treehouses around the World

Scientists believe that early human ancestors, like most great ape species, dwelled in trees. More recently in human history, treehouses became …

Why Meditating Might Make You a Better Artist

Marina Abramović in Brazil, still from the documentary <i>The Space in Between,</i> 2016. Directed by Marco Del Fiol Courtesy of Casa Redonda.People with …

Meditation

This Tiny Glass Cabin Lets You Sleep Under the Northern Lights

A simple and clever design for a cabin in Iceland offers a unique experience of the Northern Lights.<p>The motto for the Panorama Glass Lodge states "Where the sky is," which works as a fitting descriptor for the design of this cozy 248-square-foot vacation cabin. Thanks to the glass panels that wrap …

Northern Lights

The Astounding Miniature Paintings of India’s Mughal Empire

Unknown artist, <i>Prince With a Falcon</i>, 1600-1605. Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.Alexander the Great Enthroned at Persepolis, …

10 Established Artists Remember Their First-Ever Sales

An artist’s first sale can be a career-defining moment: One’s effort, toil, and aspirations suddenly transform into validation (and, of course, a bit …

Cy Twombly | Natural History Part I Mushrooms: No. VII (1974)

Cy Twombly emerged in the 1950s, developing a characteristic painting style of expressive drips and active, scribbled, and scratched lines. “My line …

A Reminder That Destiny 2's Art Is Incredible

Patrick Bloom is a senior concept artist at Bungie, where he’s most recently worked on <i>Destiny 2</i>.<p>You can see more of Patrick’s work at his ArtStation …

Rocking out at the European Stone Stacking Championships

Philip Wachmann from Austria competes in the European Stone Stacking Championships 2018 in Dunbar, Scotland on April 22, 2018. The competition is spread over two days. Andy Buchanan, AFP/Getty Images<p>Marco Montesini of Spain competes in the European Stone Stacking Championships 2018 in Dunbar, …

Scotland

A Stoic’s Key to Peace of Mind: Seneca on the Antidote to Anxiety

“There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut observed in discussing Hamlet during his …

Literature

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Inside the Library That Holds the World’s Rarest Colors

I’m standing with conservation scientist Narayan Khandekar in a glass-ceilinged laboratory on the fifth floor of Harvard’s art museum, surrounded by …

20th Century

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. <i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky …

The 8 Most Prolific Forgers in Art History (That We Know Of)