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Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of Science Image

By: Felice Frankel

MIT Press

Paperback | Mar 2004 | #149812 | ISBN: 0262562057
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Science and engineering research must be communicated within the research community and to the general public, and a crucial element of that communication is visual. In Envisioning Science, science photographer Felice Frankel provides a guide to creating dynamic and compelling photographs for journal submissions and for scientific presentations to funding agencies, investors and the general public. The book is organised from the large to the small, from pictures of new material and biological structures made with a camera and lens, to images made with a stereomicroscope, compound microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The text explains how to design, craft and execute effective images, SEMs, and diagrams while maintaining scientific integrity. Full-colour illustrations, including many instructional side-by-side comparisons, provide examples from the physical and biological sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, materials science and mechanical engineering to encourage a new way to see and create images of science. After a brief historical overview by science educator Phylis Morrison, Frankel discusses technical issues.

A wonderfully inspiring exposition on the beauty of science. - John D. Roberts, Chemical and Engineering News; "Open the book at random, and your eye will be dazzled." - Scientific American; "Frankel clearly knows her stuff." - Ian Sample, New Scientist; "A splendid book." - Ekkehard Diemann, Angewandte Chemie; "[Frankel has] created a new way to look at science, and proves through her own work that, once the basics are mastered, the key is creativity." - Elizabeth Armstrong, The Christian Science Monitor; "Well on the way to being an art object as well as a lab handbook." - Jon Turney, The Times Higher Education Supplement; "An excellent starting point for anyone interested in producing beautiful images, whether they are professional scientists or simply lovers of nature." - Philip Hockberger, Nature Medicine"

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Science photographer Felice Frankel is a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard, as part of the Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC). She was a 2005 Honorary Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, and has won the Lennart Nilsson Award for Medical, Technical and Scientific Photography given by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden.

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