Thursday, October 06, 2005
What On Earth Is This?
Is this some modern art painting by an undiscovered master? A wall mural, perhaps? No, my friends, this is a photo of liquid crystals, taken with an electron microscope. I think I found this photo on a site recommended by Inanna....... www.livescience.com
Inanna lives at:
http://blackpunkin.blogspot.com and she likes science about as much as I do. But I might have found this link at:
http://artsyscience.blogspot.com - he hasn't been posting much lately though, and I can't remember how long I have had the pic.
When I was in college, I ran across a book with many photos of elements and mineral crystals taken with electron microscopes, and I was hooked from the beginning. The artist in me was drawn (no pun intended) to these images from nature like none other. I remember one in particular got my attention, it was of molybdenum. I have never forgotten that name - though I don't know what it is or what purpose it serves. Guess I should Google it, huh? Anyway, that photo stayed in my mind for years. I had visions of painting something with that as a theme, but I could never do it justice. I was unsuccessful in finding a good photo of molybdenum, but here is one page Google sent me to:
Atomic number: 42
Atomic weight: 95.94 (2) g
CAS Registry ID: 7439-98-7
Group number: 6
Group name: (none)
Period number: 5
Standard state: solid at 298 K
Colour: grey metallic
Availability: molybdenum is available in many forms including foil, sheet, wire, insulated wire, mesh, rod, powder, nanosized activated powder, and tube.
How dry is that? So technical and plain. Sure doesn't sound like it would have a beautiful appearance, does it? It reminds me of some people I have met: gorgeous on the outside, but dry and uninteresting on the inside. And on the other hand, some who are plain and unremarkable to look at are the most interesting, intelligent, multi-layered people you could imagine. Isn't there a lesson there somewhere?