ARTIST: Donald C. Martin
TITLE: Quantum Atom
MATERIALS: Acrylic, glass, birch veneer plywood, maple,
birch, walnut and
DIMENSIONS: 40" h x 29" w x 7" d
Bohr developed the initial quantum atom theory and Einstein
found the use of probability in quantum theory unacceptable.
The dice are arranged in a physically impossible form, a Penrose
tribar, which seems to both represent the counter intuitive
nature of quantum theory as well as the chance element. The
dice also refer to Einstein's famous quote about God and dice.
The quantum atom now assumes an electron shell that is described
in terms of probabilities and Hawking's quote refers to quantum
theory applied to black holes.
I have always found M.C. Escher's prints fascinating and
as a personal challenge, decided to attempt a series of photographs
based on the ideas in his prints. Quantum Atom uses the same
illusion as Escher's Waterfall in a comment on the Bohr-Einstein
Dr. Martin started his academic career with a fine sense of
indecision. His initial majors were both electrical and mechanical
engineering. He then switched to physics and then psychology.
By the time he was forced to graduate he happened to be in mathematics.
A chance remark caused him to start graduate work in statistics
although he had never had a statistics course. His initial academic
appointments were in Biomathematics and Engineering Research
at North Carolina State. He then moved to the University of
Washington in Biostatistics with an Adjoint appointment in Psychiatry
and Behavioral Sciences. He has approximately 100 scientific
publications and hands on experimental experience. He retired
from UW about 5 years ago.
In the distant past he was a serious medium format and an early
underwater photographer. After retirement from UW he returned
to photography and tried digital photography. After three months
of digital work he gave away his darkroom equipment. He is currently
running a small photography business and exploring some of the
possibilities of computer manipulation of images.
Dr. Donald Martin
dcmartin AT mindspring.com