Science As Art: Can You Guess What This Is?

I think science and art may be two different ways of describing the same thing. Take, for instance, the beautiful, intriguing image above. It is a nanoscale depiction of 12 bromide atoms. It was made with a new kind of scanning probe microscope. Do not, repeat not, expect me to tell you how these things work. You can go here and here for more ine formation on the science side. I settle for looking at it, and the image below, on an aesthetic level.

I think science and art may be two different ways of describing the same thing. Take, for instance, the beautiful, intriguing image above. It is a nanoscale depiction of 12 bromide atoms. It was made with a new kind of scanning probe microscope. Do not, repeat not, expect me to tell you how these things work. You can go here and here for more ine formation on the science side. I settle for looking at it, and the image below, on an aesthetic level. That 13 nanometer x 13 nanometer image shows the results of layering diindenoperylene and copper-phthalocyanines on a single gold crystal by molecular beam. Wow. To paraphrase Duke Ellington, if it looks good, it is good. --David Schonauer