Courtesy of Wim L. Noorduin
5 minute lesson
What can art the size of the width of a human hair teach us about science?
Looking around, we see geometry in nature everywhere. From the smallest structures to some of the largest, we find a world of beautiful patterns and shapes. So, how does nature make all of its beautiful structures?
Scientists Wim Nooduin and Joanna Aizenberg research the beauty of the microscopic world. Using chemistry they create microscopic crystals to build forms the world has never seen before. These beautiful crystal nanoflowers combine science and art into geometric sculpture.
Geometry is in every corner of our universe, even the microscopic part. We are surrounded by beautiful examples of natural art and geometry. Think about the artistic complexity of a snowflake or the shape of a honeycomb. If we start to notice it, geometry is all around us.
Wim and Joanna’s work is particularly interesting because they take subjects like chemistry and geometry and combine them with the arts. This kind of creativity is important to thinking more innovatively about how new materials and structures could be used!
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Thank you to Kitty Eldridge from Malone Middle School for collaborating with EWCed to build this Touchstone! If you have a video you’ve used in the classroom and want to build a Touchstone to share with the EWCed community, let us know.
“How To Create Microscopic Crystal Flowers.” YouTube. The Creators Project, 30 May 2014. Web. 11 Feb. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kANQADFVTQ>.