DAVID GLOWACKI and his DANCEROOM SPECTROSCOPY

TEDxBRISTOL 2011

David Glowacki is originally from Milwaukee, but presently based in the UK. He studies all kinds of things. In this talk recorded at TEDxBristol 2011, David demonstrates his DanceRoom Spectroscopy project.

For more information visit David’s website at : davidglowacki.wordpress.com

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

In the last four years, David Glowacki has published over 30 peer-review papers spanning a range of subjects, including scientific instrument development, optics, spectroscopy, computer programming, atmospheric chemistry, classical and quantum dynamics, biochemistry, religion and power, and cultural theory. Recently, Glowacki’s scientific work has been featured in high profile scientific journals such as Science and Nature Chemistry. In addition, he has given over 20 contributed and invited talks in both academic and non-academic settings over the last 3 years.

David’s full time job is as a theoretical chemist at the University of Bristol.
His research straddles the boundary where theoretical physics meets chemistry – where quantum models of interaction meet the multidimensional classical world, in an attempt to characterize and understand a range of microscopic physical phenomena.  The applications of this research range from understanding the earth’s atmosphere to nanomaterials to biophysics to synthetic chemistry to astrophysics.

 

David Glowacki has a number of cross-disciplinary interests:
  • His undergruaduate degree undergraduate degree in chemistry at UPenn in Philadelphia was complemented by significant work in math, philosophy, and literature.
  • He obtained an MA in cultural theory as a Fulbright finalist at the Manchester University.
  • In 2008, he completed his PhD in experimental and theoretical chemical physics at Leeds University, and was funded through a combination of prestigious scholarships.

David Glowacki also has a number of creative pursuits, which are…:

(1) He recently finished a novel, The Fist of a Bum Called god, which has been described as “Vonnegut meets Borges meets Bukowski meets Foucault”.

(2) He is a part-time resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, where he is working on an EPSRC grant called ‘Danceroom Spectroscopy”, which is an attempt to fuse his interests in scientific instrument development, quantum and classical dynamics, digital technology, computers, art, and cultural theory, motivated by his desire to convey to others the beauty and subtlety of the microscopic world.

In collaboration with modern dancers, a musician, and a graphic artist, this work made a fantastically successful debut at the Arnolfini, located in Bristol, which is the UK’s largest modern art museum outside of London.

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