I love it when you open your mailbox in the morning and find a gem. That is a nice change from the usual spam that tells you how you have to get in shape and reminders that tell you have to go to important meetings.
Well I just want to share one of these "Gem moments." Maybe you can relate.
This is what happened last week. A graduate student from England named Tobias sent me this link
And here is a snapshot of one of their simulations
And here is a great writeup about this by Scott on our other company web page (you can see the video there):
So there you go. Real Science uses Mickey Mouse Voodoo Science (no need to waste any bits on quotation marks, oops I just did that through an apology of sorts. And what is up with the uppercases anyway?).
What is serious Science? What are laws of Nature? What is art? You know the stuff that keeps you awake at night and then you realize it is better to have a good night of sleep instead.
But let's rethink how we do science. Funny aside: I do not know who came up with this but once you mention "science" you are not a scientist. So "computer scientists", "neural scientists", "social scientists", "weather scientists", "religeous scientists", etc. are not scientists. On the other hand artists, physicists, mathematicians and biologists just to name a few are.
Food for thought.
Interesting reads if you like to read like I do:
Bottom line. Computer graphics simulation models can be useful in modeling complex behaviors. Even in serious science. The central idea is emergence. Similar complex phenomena can arise from different smaller scale simulations. I can humbly say that Nucleus is not the only option. But it is widely available in Autodesk MAYA.
Emergence is the key idea behind the Nucleus solver that I wrote: interesting phenomena arise from the interaction of smaller pieces.
It is nice to see this technology being used outside of the entertainment industry and being published in a reputable scientific journal.
And it has "Autodesk" in the title of the publication! Not just en passant like in a fancy obscure chess move.