This week, Scientific American’s Symbiartic blog decided to try something new: they asked Twitter users to tweet pictures of scientific art — from spectacular satellite photos to science-inspired quilts — accompanied by the hashtag #SciArt. The goal was to highlight the role of imagery in science by instigating a #SciArt Tweet Storm. The mastermind behind the plan, artist and illustrator Glendon Mellow, initially hoped to garner around 1,600 tweets per day. However, the storm blew way past his expectations, generating more than 4,000 daily tweets! It’s easy to see why: science and art go together like peanut butter and jelly, or maybe, like protons and electrons, matter and antimatter, neurotransmitters and receptors…you get the idea.
Here are a few gorgeous science images to celebrate the final day of a wildly successful #SciArt week.
Check out some of the lovely illustrations used to explore scientific concepts in Visionlearning modules.
Visit Scientific American’s Symbiartic blog for updates on the #SciArt Tweet Storm.
Scroll through the ever-growing list of #SciArt tweets on Twitter.
Written by Julia Rosen
Julia Rosen is a freelance science writer and PhD student at Oregon State University. She received a Bachelors degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University before beginning her doctoral research on polar ice cores and climate change. In between, she did her Master's in backpacking around the world and skiing. Julia is a periodic contributor to Oregon States research magazine, Terra, and helps write blog content and develop learning modules for Visionlearning.