Resources

Picturing Science and Engineering

Explore the many additional resources curated by author Felice Frankel and the MIT Press.

On this page you will find links to tutorials, tools, author interviews, and articles that accompany and enhance this unique guide for creating science images that are both accurate and visually stunning. 

 

Selected Images | Course Tutorials | Interactive Tools | How To Do It | Articles from American ScientistInterviews | Bibliography | Selected Videos | Selected MIT Spotlights

 

Selected Images

 

Course Tutorials

From MIT OCW RES.10.001 Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu.

 

Interactive Tools

MIT Open Courseware offered a set of interactive tools related to the course, Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work.

 

How-To-Do-It

From MIT OCW RES.10.001 Making Science and Engineering Pictures: A Practical Guide to Presenting Your Work. Spring 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu

How To Sharpen and Image
Digitally Replace a Background
Convert an Image from Horizontal to Vertical
Sharpen an Image Digitally Replace a Background Convert an Image from Horizontal to Vertical
     
Set Your Scanner
Fix Mobile Distortion
 
Set Your Scanner Fix Mobile Distortion  

 

Articles from American Scientist

Felice Frankel authored this series of "Sightings" articles for the magazine American Scientist. The topics of each article are listed below.

(Courtesy of American Scientist. Used with permission.)

2003  
May-June (PDF): Images in science as powerful tools for communication
July-August (PDF)Sid Nagel, University of Chicago
September-October (PDF): David Kaiser, professor in MIT's Science, Technology, and Society program and a lecturer in phsyics, discusses Richard Feynman's diagrams.
November-December (PDF)Oscar Miller, Professor Emeritus in biology at the University of Virginia
2004  
January-February (PDF)Eric J. Heller, professor of physics and chemistry at Harvard University and his landscape photography
March-April (PDF)Ben Fry, doctoral candidate in the Media Laboratory at MIT on visualizing large quantities of data
May-June (PDF)Michael Berry, Royal Society research professor in the physics department at the University of Bristol in the U.K.
July-August (PDF)John Bush, associate professor of applied mathematics at MIT
September-October (PDF)Jeff Hester, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Arizona State University, discusses an image of stars being birthed in the Eagle Nebula, taken by the Hubble Telescope. 
November-December (PDF): First-place illustration from Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge contest
2005  
January-February (PDF): Frank O'Connell, "How It Works" feature in The New York Times
March-April (PDF)Maria Eisner, research scientist at Cornell University
May-June (PDF)Don Eigler and Dominique Brodbeck from IBM discussing the image of "orange and blue quantum corrals"
July-August (PDF): David Goodsell, research scientist at the Scripps Research Institute
September-October (PDF)Donna Cox, professor and director of visualization and experimental technologies at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
November-December (PDF)Chris Hardee, VP of marketing at Omega Optical who created the winning image from the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
2006  
January-February (PDF)Michael Cohen, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and John Hart, graduate student in mechanical engineering at MIT
March-April (PDF): Viktor Koen, Parsons School of Design
May-June (PDF): Danielle Cork France, graduate student in biological engineering at MIT
July-August (PDF); Alyssa Goodman, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Initiative in Innovative Computing
September-October (PDF)Ron Perry of Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and Sarah Frisken at Tufts University
November-December (PDF)W. Paul Brown of the Stanford-NASA National Biocomputation Center, and creator of the winning image from the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
2007  
January-February (PDF): Analyzing and visualizing gene expression during development
March-April (PDF)Robert Lue, directs life sciences education at Harvard University
May-June (PDF)Richard J. Massey and Lars Lindberg Christensen and astronomy's first maps of the "dark matter" of the cosmos
September-October 1 (PDF)Andrea Ottesen, doctoral candidate in the Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, and the year's winner of the Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
September-October 2 (PDF)Graphic designer Jessica Helfand discusses volvelles, types of slide charts constructed with rotating parts
2008  
January-February (PDF): Jeff W. Lichtman, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University and Jean Livet, a postdoctoral fellow in his lab discuss a new technique for "labeling" neurons
   

 

Interviews

 

Bibliography

A short bibliography supplied by the author.

 

Selected Videos

Some videos for inspiration.

Below you will find a selected short list of exemplary videos. I plan to add to the list as time goes by. Please feel free to contact Felice Frankel if you think I should add a particular video to this list.

From MIT OpenCourseWare

From the Beauty of Science

From the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, https://www.beautyofscience.com/

From the MIT Media Lab

 

Selected MIT Spotlights

January 2018 March 2018 March 2017
     
May 2017 July 2017 October 2017
     
January 2016 June 2016 August 2016
     
October 2016 June 2015 September 2014

 

We would like to acknowledge the encouragement and indispensable advice we have received from the staff of the MIT Museum and the MIT Libraries, especially David Nunez, Cody Oliver, and Carl Jones.  We thank the Museum for hosting the interactive images served on this page.

Publication of Picturing Science and Engineering was made possible by the generous support of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund