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. Thier 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 The Creators Project with more….

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

microscopic crystal flowers

Source: WIM NOORDUIN

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!

-Liesl

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Notes:

  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

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV