Canada’s Perimeter Institute, graphic novels, physics, and a public webcast

Jan 21 17:01 2019 Print This Article

The full name is Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The abbreviation I’m most familiar with is PI but there’s also Perimeter or PITP according to the institute’s Wikipedia entry. It is the only such institute in the country (as far as I’m aware) and it is very active in science outreach such as their latest foray: Graphic Talk about the Universe: a Clifford V. Johnson public lecture webcast.

A January 16, 2019 posting on the Slice of PI blog (?) announces the webcast,

Physics lends itself to illustration

From da Vinci’s detailed drawings to schematics of a hypothetical zombie cat both alive and dead in a box, illustrations are invaluable tools for those not fluent in the language of equations

But while illustrated textbooks abound, only relatively recently have artists and writers begun exploring physics concepts through the growing genre of graphic novels

Read More

About Article Author


FrogHeart provides commentary about nanotech, science policy and communication, society, and the arts. Run by Maryse de la Giroday, a science communications consultant and writer, FrogHeart is one of the largest independent scince blogs in Canada. Since the websites launch in 1994, Giroday's list of clients includes Océ NV, Telgate Systems, Nortel Networks, Redback Systems, Forintek, Gretag AG, Inetco Systems, and Creo Products (which later became part of Kodak). She has also taught in SFU’s Writing and Communications Program. Giroday earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University in 1992 and a Masters in Creative Writing and New Media from De Montford University in Leicester, UK.

Related Items

Ryerson University cybersecurity hub receives $30 million in public, private investments

Ryerson University has received $30 million in public and private investment to support a new national innovation hub for collaboration in cybersecurity, located in Brampton, Ont. “Safeguarding Canadians’ digital privacy and security is essential to ensuring continued trust in the digital worl ...

Government picks American-based Honeywell to test quantum encryption in space

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has signed a $30 million deal with American multinational Honeywell for the design and implementation of a quantum encryption satelitte mission in space. Findings from the QEYSSat mission will be used to develop future operational systems and cybersecurity mechanism ...

Fifty years later, the Waffle leaves blueprint for a progressive nationalism

Mel Watkins Please chip in to support rabble's election 2019 coverage. Support today for as little as $1 per month! The following remarks were submitted by Mel Watkins to the panel presented by the Society of Socialist Studies on June 6, 2019 at the Congress of Humanities and Social ...

Canada and U.S. Release Progress Report on GLWQA Commitments

A new report that documents the progress made by Canada and United States between 2017 and 2019 in meeting commitments under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) is now available. The report was released on June 13, 2019 by Canada’s minister of environment and climate change, Catherine ...

Startup jobs of the week: Marketing Designer, Operations Associate, Senior DevOps Engineer

Every day, Canada’s tech startups post their latest and greatest job opportunities on Jobs.BetaKit, powered by Jobbio. From early-stage to Series B and beyond, Jobs.BetaKit helps startups from all over the country hire Canada’s top tech talent. Each week, BetaKit will highlight a selection of t ...

New Guide Provides Insights into Watershed Governance in B.C.

A new guide is now available for local groups, collaborative organizations, and Indigenous and Crown governments in British Columbia (B.C.) seeking to better understand watershed governance. The Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds was ...

Allergies, obesity and more: outdoor play is best medicine for kids

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promotes it and so should parents across Canada, because getting your kids outside to play is not only good for their independence and self-sufficiency, outdoor play has tonnes of mental, physical and social health benefits, to boot. “When you’re outside and your p ...

Fickle Ontario could be key to the federal election

Paul Barber Please chip in to support rabble's election 2019 coverage. Support today for as little as $1 per month! Trying to establish Ontario's place in the Canadian federation's politics presents a paradox. Critically important, Ontario cast 37 per cent of all votes in 2015, cont ...