Wonder on the Web

Links to amazing stuff

Miniatures on Mini-Steroids

Some model railroads show great skill, and creating small works of art recreates something of our world. We are created to be creators, and this is one of the things human beings like to do: create small worlds. Artist Jonty Hurwitz has taken this idea to a whole new level with a piece that gives miniaturization deeper meaning. We may have to revise the question, “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” to “How many human figures can be sculpted on a human hair?” By Hurwitz’s hand, at least one, which is amazing enough.

What’s with the Universe?

Big Bang theorists aren’t the only ones trying to answer this question. Thinkers who are also artists and people of faith have been trying to imagine—map, that is—how the universe hangs together. Such is the theme of a new book, reviewed here:

Leaf through the book, and you discover how deeply people thought about the cosmos and its relationship to their lives, and how that evolved over 4,000 years. Pictures of the universe—what it looks like, how it came to be—are stories of both religion and science.

Big Theological Bang

Speaking of the Big Bang and other cosmological events, Catholic theologian George Weigel says, “What science calls the Big Bang was love exploding out of the life of the Trinity.” This is what he concludes after reading a scientific article about some conclusions of Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Alan Guth.

Life on Fast Forward

Growing takes sooo long! Unless you’re witnessing it through a time-lapse video, like this one of a growing puppy. From two months to three years in 23 seconds. It shows the miracle of growth and the gift of relationships with our pets. Stick around for the candids capturing the effort it took to get these shots.

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Also in this Issue

Issue 14 / January 22, 2015
  1. Editors’ Note
  2. Water Is Weird

    And its strange behaviors make life possible. /

  3. When Are We Going to Get There?

    If it’s space travel you’re complaining about, the answer is ‘Not in your lifetime.’ /

  4. The Mundane and the Almighty

    Finding God in speech, a bath, and a meal. /

  5. The Peace of Wild Things

    Resting in the grace of the world. /

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