Antonyms of Chaos


Working with oils on canvas, Professor Harry McMahon has brought to bear his background as a physicist and one time science teacher to overlay diagrammatic references to science on complex, near chaotic backgrounds. Drawing on the work of Greek philosophers like Ptolemy and Eratosthenes, pioneering scientists and mathematicians like Newton, Euler, Lovelace and Hamilton and post- 1900 figures such as Curie, Meitner, Hodgkin, Bell and Higgs, each painting celebrates a significant example of humankind’s attempts to bring conceptual order to what might otherwise be seen as an incomprehensible, chaotic world. Each work is accompanied with a short text telling the science story behind the painting.

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