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Math Is Beautiful, But Is It Art?

Every so often, beauty comes up as a topic of conversation in editorial meetings at Scientific American. Surely there’s an article, or series of articles that we can develop on the topic?

STAFF January 27, 2015 — Jen Christiansen

Mars's First Close-up

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Mariner IV spacecraft (November 28, 1964). In total, the mission gave us 21 complete images of Mars, including this, our first close view of the planet—courtesy of data transmitted by the interplanetary probe and earth-bound scientists wielding pastels (below).

STAFF November 28, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

SA Recognized for Great Infographics

I’m thrilled to report that two Scientific American graphics (on bees and caffeine) are featured in The Best American Infographics 2014.

STAFF October 14, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Jake VanderPlas, a data scientist who worked on the Graphic Science illustration in the October issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFF September 16, 2014 — Jake VanderPlas

Art and Science of the Moiré

I’m a bit obsessed with Scientific American covers, but my knowledge of the archive during the years before my time on staff is broad rather than deep.

STAFF September 15, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

A Monkey's Blueprint

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Martin Krzywinski, a contributing artist who designed the Graphic Science illustration in the September issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFF August 19, 2014 — Martin Krzywinski

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota. But first, I had to—somewhat unexpectedly—accept some challenges presented by others.

STAFF August 13, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

A Look under the Hood of Online Data Visualization

Andy Kirk (of Visualising Data) recently published a clever image-driven post in which he uses automobiles to make a series of points about the practice of data visualization.

STAFF May 12, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

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