I think my only answer would be “Well, friend, the only thing I like better then a good bit of science is a good bit of science as explained by dirty hippies through using the “dance idiom” with a groovy soundtrack and hey, maybe you could throw a little C.S. Lewis in there too!”
People, I ain’t kidding you. I thought today was gonna suck. Rough morning but then there was this; Protein Synthesis: an Epic on the the Cellular Level and everything just seems better now. I came across this link at Inky Circus (which you should check out, it’s totally good) and I give you an even more direct link to the representation “symbolically yet in a dynamic and joyful way, one of nature’s fundamental processes. The linking together of amino acids to form a protein”!
It’s long, I know, but man, it just totally made my day that much better.
|On an open field at Stanford University in 1971, several hundred students convened to undulate and impersonate molecules undergoing protein synthesis by a ribosome. A few were trained dancers, wearing costumes and colored balloons to identify their roles; most were recruited with the promise of fun and refreshments.|
But make no mistake: despite the flower-power feel and psychedelic strains of the "Protein Jive Sutra," this is serious science. The narrator is Nobel laureate Paul Berg, who explains the process in a prologue that introduces the leading players, such as 30s Ribosome, mRNA, and Initiator Factor One.
Paul Berg is my new hero.