Scientists may not consider themselves artists, but in the photos that follow, there is no doubt that the two overlap. The images come from an art exhibit that opened at Princeton University this week. It features the best entries from its Art of Science Competition, which are works of art created in the course of scientific research.
In addition to an array of colors and media, the subjects of these photos range from genetic biology to chemical behavior to exoplanet imaging. The titles and descriptions were provided by the researchers themselves so they can tell the scientific story behind the image. Each one gives us a look at the beauty of studying our world.
Even the prize money is scientific at the AoS Competition. Awards were calculated by the golden ratio in order to increase their aesthetic appeal: $250 for first place, $154.51 for second and $95.49 for third.
A total of 170 images were submitted from 24 different departments across campus. The judges panel narrowed it down to 43. We've pared it down to the ones we think you'll like best.