The Most Important Science Images

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

If you are a regular visitor to our website here at Ever Widening Circles, you know we publish an article every day – on any subject under the sun – to remind us all this is still an amazing world (despite what the negative 24-hour news cycle might tell us.)

We could feature a thought leader in food science one day, and some extraordinary athlete the next. It could be Bill Gates Drinking Sewage on Tuesday, and an artist who deep-sea dives in her wheelchair the next, or The Philosophy of Starfish Throwers, etc. etc.. All the while, our community is getting smarter and more hopeful about what’s possible in their own lives. Imagine a world of young people whose imaginations were set free by knowing there’s more possibility “out there” than they ever dreamed. (All those links will take you to some remarkable places on EWC!)

Image: collage of article topics

That’s the second part of our vision at EWC: we’d like to get this website into schools as a part of what I call a curriculum of possibility. Separating the subjects into distinct disciplines does nothing to coax the best from young minds. The prize for them is living on the edges, and out there they will connect disparate things that no one ever connected before.

In the broadest sense, that’s what we are doing here at Ever Widening Circles: connecting people all over the globe to each other through the potential we share.

Today EWC features a fabulous concept that could be used more in all our educational and business endeavors: the power of a single image.

Image: A Sky of New Colours

As YouTube channel’s It’s Okay to be Smart host Joe Hanson, Phd explains in the following video called The Most Important Science Images Ever!, certain scientific images have taken on a life of their own. You may not think you are interested in science, but in every article, we try to tap into the element of almost any insight that might transform most of us. Take a look.

First… what does it mean for something to be deemed the most important science images ever?

These are pictures that revolutionized entire ways of thinking and quickly summarized entirely new hypotheses!? Take a look at Hanson’s video below, and following that we’ll give you some savable copies of the images from the video so you can save and share them with others.

Image: Copy of Nicholas Copemicus' 'On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres'
Nicholas COPERNICUS’ ‘On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres’
Source: WEBEXHIBITS.ORG

Image: Micrographia
Source: archive.org

Image: Micrographia 2
Source: archive.org

You can actually read Micrographia by Robert Hooke, courtesy of the incredible Internet Archive Organization, by clicking here (please note: this is a large file, about 90MB; give it a FEW minutes to load, even on a fast network!)

Image: The 1919 Eclipse
The 1919 Eclipse
Source: SCIENTIFICAMERICAN.COM
Image: Watson and Crick's 'A Structure for DNA'
Watson and Crick’s ‘A Structure for DNA’
Source: NATURE.COM

As with Hooke’s book above, thanks to Nature.com, we also have Watson and Crick’s A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid report available for download in PDF form. Get it by clicking here!

Image: Hubble Extreme Deep Field
Hubble Extreme Deep Field
Source: NASA.GOV

 

 

Image: Apollo 8 Earthrise Photo
Apollo 8’s ‘Earthrise’ photo
Source: WIKIPEDIA.ORG

Images do move us in inspired directions. I’ve noticed that our most viewed articles here on Ever Widening Circles always have a compelling picture that start the wheels of curiosity turning.

Fabulous stuff! Reminds one that it is still an amazing world! (our motto at EWC)

Oh! And if you know an educator – anywhere in the world – who might like to work with our curriculum of possibility initiative, please give them our contact information!  [email protected]      .

That’s all for today. Stay curious, open and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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