Seeing the Invisible or Making it Visible? Nuclear Particle Events @CERN re-visualised in #TrueColour3D

Seeing the invisible: Event displays in particle physics is an article published by CERN in June 2015. It shows the history of capturing for the human eye what theoretical physicists postulate and experimental physicists demonstrate.

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I remember Georges Charpak as one of our many clients in the Programming Enquiry Office, but never knew that he had been in Dachau, as Wikipedia tells me. Now I read that he was the one who introduced ‘digital’ to the event capturing techniques used at CERN.

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The process from theory to practice in physics is similar to what software developers do when they create ‘models’ that they want their ‘real data’ to match.

Through ‘flukes of coincidence’, I followed the route of the artist: I saw, observed, perceived and was, above all, curious. I experimented with geometric structures and physical shapes, with numbers and data, and above all, all sorts of software. And I was in ‘conceptual heaven’ that Uncle Petros describes in this wonderful novel.

Eventually I expressed in code and software specifications, what I wanted to present. I had found that I needed new mathematical spaces and new mathematical transformations to that end. But eventually, I could present:

  • numerical data, derived from mathematical functions;
  • time series derived from sensors or other sources
  • and eventually images, produced by any technology.

Everything is similar to what is currently being taught, but solves a number of ‘theoretical puzzles’. But who am I to evangelise or proseletyse a new scientific paradigm that physicists monopolise? They had a hard time to embrace computing. Are they ready to embrace ‘digital’ and new ‘visualisation styles’? Maybe Dr Fabiola Gianotti as the first woman as Director General will be ready!?

What counts for me are the unique screenshots that speak for themselves. People will be able to investigate and experiment for themselves, just as it is more effective to teach the hungry fishing than to give them fish.

Let’s see will appreciate the functionality that our Smart Knowledge Engine delivers! For the moment I’ve had “stunningly good” and “amazing” as comments, besides “unforgettable”, when Mona Lisa opens her eyes before yours.

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So, what do we make visible?

  1. In terms of imaging technology, the digits of a chip.
  2. In terms of physics, light and colour.
  3. In terms of mathematics, numbers.
  4. In terms of metrology, Digital Colour Brightness.

Is this just ‘digital artistic enhancement’?

No. It’s conceptual innovation that leads to the generic functionality of our Smart Knowledge Engine. It stems from new mathematical spaces and transformations that lead to the specifications for coding.

Mark Smith of Ventana Research talked about Art and Science of Analytics in a Digital World at the Summit of Information Builders…



About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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