A theory of everything (TOE) is a hypothetical theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena.
Physics. I loved the subject. And I failed miserably in it. But examinations aside, I was crazy about all that I read on it.
From Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking to Isaac Asimov.
And all through the school year I used to read these books and really wonder about the possibilities of alternate worlds, and even what the unified theory would achieve. I used to open my Physics book and the wonderful diagrams and theories used to transport me to another world.
Pink Floyd was the soundtrack for these memorable journeys.
And I started writing poetry inspired by the subject.
(With generous help from Roger Waters’ lyrics.)
Till the exams came and I barely scraped through.
I never figured what my love for Physics had to do with solving complicated numericals.
I just loved the subject. I did not want to be a scientist.
Many years later, in 2005, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at creating some kind of art.
And all I could think of was Physics. Because 2005 happened to be the World Year of Physics. A celebration of 100 years of the theory of relativity.
I had this wild idea of creating typography from physics diagrams.
After months of research and going through hundreds of those, I finally got hold of 26 diagrams that looked liked the letters of the alphabet.
This poster literally transported me into a parallel universe.
I sent this around to graphic designers I admired and got very interesting responses.
With no formal training in art, and nothing to show for except badly drawn doodles, I started believing that I could make art. Good, or bad. I could do it.
2005. Physics changed everything for me.
I’ve got a funny feeling that quantum physics and Theory of Everything has something to do with it.