a crystal

This is for all my scientist, photographer, nature-loving friends. Did you know that 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography? “What the heck is that?” you might ask.

The beauty of a scientific experiment at The University of Michigan.

The beauty of a scientific experiment at The University of Michigan.

“Crystallographic experiments underpin the development of practically all new materials, from everyday ones like toothpaste, chocolate and computer memory, to advanced car and aerospace components. It is a vital scientific method for understanding the properties of solid objects. It underpins many fields of study, yet remains relatively unknown. Scientists worldwide are celebrating a century of the technique being used and are hoping to raise its profile.” This is an especially exciting field for young scientists gifted with advanced maths. Agilent Tech Inc. is sponsoring a photography competition around the Year Long Celebration:http://www.iycr2014.org/participate/photo-competition.

I discovered Crystallography today when looking for sustainably responsible stocks to add to my portfolio. Agilent Technologies turned up and they’ve been doing very well on the market lately.  I checked them out and discovered that their company specializes in product development and research involving Crystallography. And that there was all this amazing art connected to the science.  So I bought some of their stock today, and I also want to share my discovery with you all.

The world is filled with such cool and exciting stuff! Like co-creating with nature and this amazing  Art Installation by a scientist from the UK using crystals and this fascinating scientific method.

a crystal art

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For information on the scientific experiment at The University of Michigan that generated the image above, click this link http://cdnm.lsi.umich.edu/content/core-facilities