the 1970's in New York City, a community of artists began an art form on the
fringes of society. Not represented by the main stream art establishment, these
artists painted "Graffiti", without permission, on the sides of subway cars.
Many of these artworks are no more readable to the average person than
scientific equations, but Graffiti designs are fun and interesting! Today, the
fantastic graffiti lettering styles are well known and eye catching. This piece
takes an equation, that is Greek to most people, and transforms it into an
exciting and fanciful artwork anyone can enjoy.
symbols are the equation-of-state for seawater
governs the basic properties of the ocean and is fundamental for ocean
circulation dynamics. The equation represents seawater density, ρ, where
ρ0 is the reference density, α is the thermal expansion
coefficient, β is the saline contraction coefficient, ΔΤ is the
change in temperature from the reference state, and ΔS is the change in
salinity from the reference state.
would be great to see more scientific equations written like this in bright
extravagant symbols because non-scientists could then experience visually what
scientists feel when they themselves view equations. The way equations are
displayed should convey the splendor of their meaning.