Smudged Quantum Mechanics Equations on Blackboards as Art

We’ve long been comfortable with the idea of art being wound up with math — M.C. Escher, the golden ratio, fractal art — but what about math as art, or more specifically, the practice of math as art? In his ongoing project Momentum, which we spotted over at Visual News, photographer Alejandro Guijarro captures large-scale photographs of the blackboards at prestigious universities, documenting the art of the way quantum mechanics is learned and expressed. The resultant images are both carefully ordered and wildly chaotic, portraits, in a way, of the minds that made them. Click through to see a few of our favorites from Guijarro’s series, and then be sure to head over to his website to check out even more of his work.

Photo credit: Alejandro Guijarro