Monday, October 06, 2008

picture thinking and science

Visualisation makes boring labwork appealing for a greater audience. That is the idea behind the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Fascinating images and graphics make the findings of scientists accessible.
Some images seem modern versions of the oldfashioned schoolpictures of the Dutch painter Jetses, like this detail of an image of micro organisms in a watery environment, that was rewarded with an Honourable Mention.
Another branch of science that got an Honourable Mention: theology, with an impressive graphic of the many cross references between the chapters of the Bible. The colourfull graphic, looking like a rainbow, makes you understand the depth of this kind of literature research. The first price was for a visualisation of the human circulatory system. You can find it on the website of NewScientist.

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