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Diana Shaul Fine Art

Original Paintings and Drawings

Wisdom on the Train

Original painting of an industrial view featuring Schrodinger's equation as graffiti.

Story: This part of the journey is uninteresting, the view all disused warehouses and telephone wires and pylons that I've seen a thousand times before. I look out of the window, but I'm not really looking, my thoughts far away as I try to predict what the future holds for me but find myself unable to hold all the different variables together in my mind. Just when I can see a way to make one dream a reality, I notice how that might cause another to crumble and yet another to slip away. A change to the familiar landscape draws my attention back to the view, not the usual graffiti, but an equation straight from the textbooks of my youth, and I smile. You can't predict what any system will do unless you can understand every aspect of it. And by the sheer act of observing it, you alter it, inexorably changing the outcome from what it might otherwise have been. The reason I can't figure out how my life will play out is that there are people I haven't met yet, places I haven't visited, an untold number of things that I can't possibly take into consideration. Not only that, but by worrying about my future, I'm changing it. Wisdom from quantum mechanics, on the train of all places! I sit back in my seat and admire the view.

The equation that appears on the wall in the painting is Schrödinger's equation, which is a conerstone of quantum mechanics and describes how a system will evolve over time.

Media: Acrylic and mixed media

Surface: Box canvas

Size: 25.4cm x 20.3cm x 1.5cm [depth]; 10" x 8" x 0.59" [depth]