Josh Chamot, Expert Voices editor, contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
Mathematician Ed Belbruno has calculated a groundbreaking trajectory to the moon and teased out the equations for a cyclical universe, and deep within the core of his inspiration is his art. His story was captured in the documentary "Painting the Way to the Moon," and in his many essays for Space.com. Below are images of Belbruno and several of his latest works. Read more about Belbruno's exploration of space-time in his latest essay, "Is the Big Bang Cycling Through Hidden Time?".
Time on two scales
Time, 16 x 26 inches, 2009, acrylic, canvas. This painting marked a departure from Belbruno's previous work. Seeming out of place to him, it was set aside. Then, in 2014 a friend noticed this painting represented two time scales, an uncanny connection to Belbruno's current cosmology research. (Credit: Edward Belbruno.)
Telling his story
Ed Belbruno completes a painting in a scene from a film about his work, "Painting the Way to the Moon." (Credit: Jacob Okada.)
Dimensions of reality
Untitled, Nov 2014, 24 x 24inches, acrylic and oil, canvas. This painting is part of a new series by Ed Belbruno that began in late 2014. Another departure from previous work, it is the first in a series. The piece is done in an abstract expressionist style and shows a hidden dimensional aspect to reality. (Credit: Edward Belbruno.)
Revelation of the hidden
Untitled 2, Jan 2015, 30 x 60 inches, acrylic and oil, canvas. Part of Belbruno's recent art series, viewers of this piece can get lost in the scene among the curves and forms, showing another aspect of reality not normally evident to our senses. (Credit: Edward Belbruno.)
Mathematics and the watcher
X2, April 2015, 16 x 20inches, acrylic on art board. This is the first piece by Ed Belbruno in his latest art series, a big departure from any previous work, both in concept and color. Although abstract, it also can be viewed more conceptually as a landscape with equations in the sky, overlooking structures of some sort. A face in the sky overlooks the scene. (Credit: Edward Belbruno.)
In his element
Ed Belbruno at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, discussing mathematics and cosmology. (Credit: Aggie Sung.)
X3, May 2015, 30 x 40inches, acrylic on canvas. One of the larger and more involved pieces from Ed Belbruno's latest art series. (Credit: Edward Belbruno.)
Follow all of the Expert Voices issues and debates — and become part of the discussion — on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. This version of the article was originally published on Space.com.