Physics have long been stumped by several natural phenomena. Famous scientist Werner Heisenberg (known for his ground-breaking Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) was once quoted as saying:
“When I meet God, I am going to ask him two questions: Why relativity? And why turbulence? I really believe he will have an answer for the first.”
While Relativity was made famous by Albert Einstein, turbulence is an equally complex subject. But it’s the very thing you encounter while on plane.
Turbulence is a physics concept in fluid dynamics that is known for chaotic property changes. For example, turbulence during a flight happens when a mass of air traveling at one speed, collides with another mass of air traveling at another speed.
While it makes sense in theory, turbulence is extremely difficult to prove and understand with mathematics. Recently, scientists have turned to art to try to figure it out.
But long before any scientist had even tried to figure out turbulence through art, a world-famous artist had already figured it all out 125-years ago. You’ll probably recognize him. Vincent Van Gogh.
“Starry Night” is one of the world’s most famous paintings and was on of Van Gogh’s masterpieces.
But when scientists analyzed the piece, they realized that the crazy painter had completely nailed the concept of turbulence.
In the video below, see how Van Gogh’s perception of the sky while he painted his masterpiece truly mastered the complex scientific concept.
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