Thursday, October 24, 2002


Iron particles, suspended in oil, responding to a magnetic field. Photograph by Felice Frankel.

A few weeks ago, the NPR program Talk of the Nation -- Science Friday did an installment about science photography, which frequently captures a great deal of the beauty that we often miss entirely when discussing scientific processes, discoveries and properties. We often think that there is a divide between art and science and that never the twain shall meet, but this is not always the case. One of the participants on that program was Felice Frankel, one of the more prominent science photographers today and an MIT research scientist. Her work is striking, and reminds us that to look at the world from a scientific vantage point need not imply that one ignores the beauty.

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