Thursday, September 23, 1999
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street
beings assimilate the world chiefly through their sense of sight.
It is not surprising, therefore, that scientists continually
seek new and better ways to see, in order to become better observers.
With only the occasional exception, science forgets that the
phenomena whose characteristics it seeks to understand may be
stunningly beautiful when skillfully visualized. Unfortunately,
generating images is usually carried out with only minimal expertise
with virtually no consideration for their aesthetic or communicative
qualities. An arresting image is the butterfly net that can
snare the attention. Emotional engagement, coupled with intellectual
curiosity, is the next step toward understanding. This talk
encourages researchers to think of images as a means of communicating
results to a range of audiences and to stimulate thinking about
Felice Frankel, Artist in Residence, MIT
Boyce Rensberger, Director, Knight Journalism Fellowships