Science as Art Competition
Scientific Images as Objects of Beauty and Art
Visualization methods provide an important tool in materials science for the analysis and presentation of scientific work. Images can often convey information in a
way that tables of data or equations cannot match. Occasionally, scientific images transcend their role as a medium for transmitting information and contain the aesthetic qualities that transform them into objects of beauty and art.
A special feature of this year’s Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, the Science as Art competition featured entries from researchers around the world. Images were obtained by any material imaging technique and also could be the result of modeling and simulation or could be obtained by combining multiple images into one artistic image.
Aesthetic rather than the scientific quality of the image was the key element in the competition. However, all images have some connection to materials science. This year’s winners, as well as images from previous competitions, can be viewed and downloaded at www.mrs.org.