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The art of science

The art of science

Today’s Spotlight features images, by Felice Frankel from her books “Envisioning Science,” “No Small Matter,” and “On the Surface of Things.” All images © Felice C. Frankel. Image information in order of appearance: Nanocrystals: researcher, Moungi Bawendi, MIT; Microscopic buckling gold film: researcher, New Bowden, Harvard; Microdevice: researcher: Klavs Jensen, MIT; Ferrofluid; Block copolymers, researcher Ned Thomas (formerly at MIT).

Sometimes color helps. Sometimes it just gets in the way.

That’s just one example of the lack of simple prescriptions for how to use visual materials to clearly communicate scientific concepts or research results. It all depends on the particulars, Felice Frankel explains patiently in seminars at MIT and in her new book, “Visual Strategies,” published this fall by Yale University Press. Read more.