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Jack o' Lanterns
Photo by Reidar Hahn, Fermilab with Sandbox Studio, Chicago

Frightfully smart jack-o’-lanterns

10/20/15

These physics-themed jack-o’-lanterns come with extra brains.

There are no tricks, only treats, when you add science to your annual pumpkin-carving festivities. That’s why we at Symmetry created designs featuring spooky versions of important figures from the history of physics to adorn your Halloween gourds.

To make a physics jack-o’-lantern: 

  1. Pick out a pumpkin and one of our five designs.
  2. Using printer settings, resize the design template to fit on your pumpkin.
  3. Print it out.
  4. Cut out the shaded sections from the print-out.
  5. Trace the cut out sections of the print-out onto your gourd. 
  6. Carve.

Alternatively, you can use a ballpoint pen to poke through the paper along the outline of the template. Connect the dots on your pumpkin to mark where to carve.


Albert Frank-Einstein

It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s reciting the general theory of relativity!
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Albert Frank-Einstein

Mummy Noether

Emmy Noether’s theorems underpin all of modern physics; that’s something we just can’t keep under wraps.
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Mummy Noether
Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead

Paul Dirac-ula

Paul Dirac predicted the existence of antimatter. Spooky!
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Paul Dirac-ula
Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead

Scary Curie

Marie Curie won Nobel Prizes in not one but two fields (chemistry and physics). Now that’s scary smart.
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Scary Curie
Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead

Werewolfgang Pauli

Theories like Wolfgang Pauli’s exclusion principle—which affirms that two identical fermions cannot occupy the same quantum state at the same time—come along only once in a blue moon.
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Werewolfgang Pauli
Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Kimberly Boustead