the art of science awards 2011

Princeton University has just released the winners for the Art of Science Exhibition, a competition in its fifth annual year.

The Art of ScienceThe Art of Science, 2011, First Place Winner, Chaos and geomagnetic reversals
Christophe Gissinger (postdoc)
Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences/ Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
The magnetic field of the Earth has reversed its polarity several hundred times during the past 160 million years. This image shows a simple deterministic model illustrating the geomagnetic reversals.

There were 168 submissions this year, with 56 chosen as award winners for this year’s theme,”Intelligent Design”. The images were all produced during the course of scientific research.

The Art of Science 2011Fireworks
Yunlai Zha (GS)
Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Arsenic sulphide dissolved in a solution displays colorful random patterns after being spin-coated and baked on a chrome-evaporated glass slide.

The Art of Science 2011Iron Lotus
Elle Starkman
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
A ferrofluid is a liquid mixed with small metallic particles that can become magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field.

Visit the Princeton site to view all of the images, and read about cutting edge scientific development:  www.princeton.edu/~artofsci/gallery2011

“The Art of Science exhibition explores the interplay between science and art. These practices both involve the pursuit of those moments of discovery when what you perceive suddenly becomes more than the sum of its parts. Each piece in this exhibition is, in its own way, a record of such a moment.” -from www.princeton.edu

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