What can art, the size of the width of a human hair teach us about science?

A garden of microscopic crystal flowers

Source: Wim Noorduin

This beautiful image is the work of Harvard research fellow Wim Noorduin, and Harvard chemistry professor Joanna Aizenberg. Their research is the mesmerizing combination of beauty and science.

Why you may ask, would a researcher want to make microscopic flowers made of crystals? As it turns out, experimenting with creating beautiful formations of this size allows us to discover new and potentially useful structures, as well as understand better how different chemicals and properties interact at the micro level.

This project is an incredible testament to what can happen when we break down the walls between art and science! Here is a channel we love, The Creators Project, with more….

We’ve paired this video with thought-provoking discussion questions perfect for the classroom in this touchstone on our education platform, EWCed!

Fascinating! Here are just a few more images from this magnificent project!

microscopic crystal flowers


a microscopic crystal flower

Source: Wim Noorduin

a microscopic crystal flower

Source: Wim Noorduin

microscopic crystal flowers

Source: Wim Noorduin

Crystal Nano Flower

Source: Wim Noorduin

What would a world look like where art and science were able to interact freely? What scientific breakthroughs could we make if creativity were more readily introduced into the laboratory? What new ways of looking at the world would we gain if artists borrowed from science in their work?

Innovation happens in the realm of possibility unleashed with creativity. And marvelous projects like these microscopic crystal flowers are helping us to look at the possibility with new eyes!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!



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  1. “How To Create Microscopic Crystal Flowers.” YouTube. The Creators Project, 30 May 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kANQADFVTQ>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV