Going to the Hayward

Dodecahedrons crafted out of paper awaiting assembly into proton model by Philip Blackmarr.

Dodecahedrons crafted out of paper awaiting assembly into models of atomic nuclei by Philip Blackmarr. Photo © IFF Archive.

During summer 2013, the IFF will be participating in an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London. Titled, An Alternative Guide to the Universe, the exhibition will display works by outsider artists, scientists, engineers, architects, linguists and other self-taught thinkers. IFF director Margaret Wertheim is curating the section on outsider physics, which will present works and theories by Jim Carter – the main subject of the IFF’s 2012  exhibition Physics on the Fringe – and Philip Blackmarr, a remarkable theorist we have recently come to know in Pasadena.

Recently Philip stopped by with some of his exquisite models of subatomic particles crafted from thousands of pieces of paper folded into tiny semi-regular solids such as the cube-octahedrons pictured above. These complex and enchanting models illustrate Blackmarr’s theory of Quantum Geometry which offers an alternative to standard quantum theory. Quantum Geometry posits that all matter particles are composed from subatomic arrays comprised from minute octahedra arranged into various three-dimensional lattice-like patterns. We’ll be posting more about Blackmarr’s work then the Hayward show opens in June.

Philip Blackmarr with his model of a proton.

Philip Blackmarr with his model of a proton made from an array of 1836 octahedron-shaped units. Photo circa 1995, courtesy of Philip Blakmarr.