The beauty in science
July 1, 2011 5:38 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for imagery (including, but not limited to, artwork) that captures the spiritual side of science, as expressed so eloquently by the late Carl Sagan.
posted by ixohoxi to media & arts (14 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I need artwork for my apartment. I love science and reason and nature and the intellect, and I want at least one piece of artwork to reflect that.
To that end, I'm looking for a high-resolution image on the Internet that I can turn into some kind of print (possibly a big one). It should relate to science and nature, but it should evoke an emotional, not just intellectual, response: the kind of thing that reminds you that holy shit, nature is one seriously awe-inspiring motherfucker. Something that touches on the staggering grace and unfathomable complexity of the universe.
I'm familiar with Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot", and I'll be poring carefully through the Astronomy Picture of the Day archive. However, I'm interested in seeing all kinds of images—not just astronomy photos.
Images could be:
—actual photos of natural phenomena of scientific interest: biological stuff, microphotography, geological phenomena, astronomy—any discipline, really
—drawn or painted imagery that illustrates nature as seen through the lens of science, from any era, and in any style. (Renaissance sketches are the too-obvious example). I would love to find a detailed, high-resolution, vintage Victorian-ish moon chart, with features hand-labeled in Latin.
—digital imagery: models of phenomena from physics; really beautiful infographics
—artwork inspired by science and nature, or derived from any of the above imagery
I'm not interested in science-fiction imagery, or pictures of scientists. Nature (and our humble attempts to comprehend it) should be the star here, not people.
So—link away! Thanks!