Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Theory of Everything

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.

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Anonymous said...

beautiful. :)

P.N.M. said...


Vineeta said...

OMG! This is beautiful! and I really believe you love Physics. This is put together with so much love. Reminds me of a certain 'Gary Zukav' who was a green beret in the american army, knew nothing of physics, but went on to write a book about it called "The Dancing Wu Li Masters" It discusses Quantum physics, energy & spirituality.

mekie said...

this is just wonderful!

akshay surendra said...

Just LOVED your design. A serious question, can we use this design for our college Physics Society? :O
We'll add your name at the bottom :)

Munna on the run said...

Akshay, yes of course you can. And adding the name would be nice too. :)

akshay surendra said...


Anonymous said...

I love this. As a high school physics teacher I think this would make a wonderful, thought- provoking, discussion- starting poster for my classroom wall. Is there anywhere I could buy such a thing as this?

Ann Thomas

Munna on the run said...

Dear Ms. Thomas
Thank you for the comments.
I am making a new edition of this poster and I would be able to ship that to you in January.
But if you wanted a hi res file of this version, please send me an email at hemantanant at yahoo dot com and I will send the hi res file to you.
Again, thank you for your very kind comments. It feels great to be of use. I wish I could attend your Physics classroom!