For years, I have wanted to create an online library of metaphors to communicate complicated science concepts and to engage whoever was interested in why and where those metaphors fall apart. We should do it. Who wants to be part of it?
Here a just a few examples from George Whitesides' and my new book No Small Matter, Science on the Nanoscale.
...an attempt to depict the counter intuitiveness of quantum mechanics. Not necessarily a deep portrayal to be sure. I just wanted the reader to get a handle about the idea that QM is NOT like the world as we "see" it.
How some devices are made using "photolithography".
We'll see you at ScienceOnline2010!
Graduation Chairs...so much of what we see is dependent upon where our heads are at, at the time we see it. Coincidentally, while I was working with researchers at MIT imaging samples showing "templated self-assembly" of block co-polymers (another example with which you are more familiar would be DNA replication), the facilities folks were setting up chairs for parents which were meant as "guides" or "templates", where to sit during graduation. Again, nothing that profound but perhaps interesting enough to get some feedback. I decided to post the image and ask people to write to me and suggest what they see in the metaphor. The responses were all over the place:
- - - - - - - -"... an illustration of orbitals and similar constraints on electrons in an atom.""The image reminds me of columns (or rows :D) of ICs""...circuit on the motherboard of a computer."
"...gravestone markers in a cemetery."
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