The Airpump by Joseph Wright
The Air Pump by Joseph Wright (1734-1797). This artwork was painted in 1768. Its full title is 'An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump' and is the second of the series of 'candlelight' compositions that established Wright's name. It depicts a public demonstration of the effects of a vacuum created by an air pump using a live bird (top centre). The vacuum suffocates the bird and leads to a painful death, and a distressed female spectator can be seen (right). 'The Air Pump' was influenced by meetings between Wright and his friends, when they demonstrated experiments and discussed the latest scientific developments.
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Multiple universes. Conceptual computer artwork of many Earths, representing the many worlds quantum theory. This theory is an attempt to explain the fundamental uncertainty of quantum theory and some of the strange events predicted by quantum theory. This includes the way an observer affects quantum descriptions (wavefunctions) of objects. Standard interpretations of quantum theory say that where a wavefunction can be in one of two possible states, the act of observation collapses the wavefunction so that the observed state survives. Many worlds theory speculates that the wavefunction splits and the other state survives in a parallel universe.
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Helena Blavatsky, Russian author and founder of Theosophy, 1889. Artist: Anon
Helena Blavatsky, Russian author and founder of Theosophy, 1889. Helena Blavatsky, Russian author and founder of Theosophy, 1889. Helena Blavatsky (nee Hahn) (1831-1891) emigrated from Russia to New York in 1873. Two years later she co-founded the Theosophical Society with Henry Olcott and William Quan Judge. Theosophy is a mystical religious doctrine that postulates that all religions are attempts by a 'Spiritual Hierarchy' to assist humanity to evolve to a state of greater perfection, and that each individual religion therefore posseses a part of the overall truth.
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