Originally posted by Aynat
Anybody recognize anything?
The seventh symbol in the second row looks like an atom, and in fact the dots are arranged in such a way as to suggest the energy levels in an atom (2, 8, 18, 18, 7) but it's not quite right...It should be 2, 8, 8, 18. The third circle should have 8.
The energy levels in an atom are arranged strangely...S orbitals have 2 electrons and start in the first energy level, P orbitals have 8 and start in the second...while the D orbitals have 18 and start in the third, but the 3D orbital is filled up after the 4P orbital if I remember correctly, or something similar...which means that the atom symbol might not be incorrect out of ignorance but instead simply subtly incorrect for a reason.
The fifth symbol in the second row is clearly a molecule of some sort. It looks familiar. Sugar? One of the DNA bases? Somehow the idea that the five membered ring can also shift to being a six membered ring is popping into my head, but I don't remember where I'm getting that from...
The first symbol in the seventh row is exactly one fourth of a chessboard.
In the center...the first symbol looks like it's referring to A) index/pointing finger or B) knuckle. The circle might refer to a ring. The second symbol in the center reminds me of a cladogram. The fourth one in the center is the Korean letter R or L (they're the same in Korean).
The whole painting is 8x8, again suggesting a chessboard.
The sixth symbol on the bottom row is 1015 in Roman numerals.
The sixth symbol in the seventh row might refer to some chemical formula...C5N5H5. In chemistry we learn that straight chain carbon molecules have 2C+2 hydrogens, with C being how many carbons are present. Each N would add one to that, so this molecule (if that's what it is) should have 17 hydrogens. In fact is has 5, so it is short 12! That would mean 6 rings and/or pi bonds...it's probably not a molecule then. That doesn't work. Does it?
H2N - C (triple bond) C - C (triple bond) C - CH = N - N = N - NH2
Something like that?
The seventh in row 4 is pi of course.
The eighth in row row 6 looks like a particular kind of way of drawing sugar molecules in chemistry. I forget the name of that kind of molecule drawing. Normally the atoms are written at the ends of the lines. Likewise with the fourth symbol in the first row.
The second in the third row is an Ohm, which means something in the study of electrical circuits in physics...it means resistance, or current, or something.
Third in second row has an Iron Cross (German symbol) with an L below it...eighth in fourth row looks like a butt...below the butt is a galaxy...eighth in seventh row might be an upside down Roman numeral 6...fifth in third row reminds of me the phrase "keep it on the QT" which means "keep it quiet" or "keep it on the down low".
Seventh in sixth row looks like some kind of alchemical symbol, or a heiroglyph. Seventh in eighth row reminds me of pi/pie again.
The fish in the second in the second row reminds me of Christianity, especially since it's been stated that the orientation of that fish is not important (normally it faces to the right).
Several of those symbols look like Chinese characters, but I don't know any Chinese. At least one has a heraldry symbol but I don't know much about heraldry either.