In fact, making any representation, of any kind in science and engineering, is part of the process of understanding. I believe that creating visuals for the purpose of explanation should be part of the education agenda. You can see one example if you check out the Learning as I photograph page.
For 20 years, I have been privileged to collaborate with some pretty amazing scientists, engineers and students from all over the world. The research community is a place of wonder where ideas flourish and rigorous thinking to support those ideas is applied and tested. It’s where understanding “why” becomes nourishment.
My goals are to contribute to that thinking by creating explanatory images, to encourage researchers to develop creative ways to visually communicate their work and to teach the next generation of scientists and engineers about the power of visual communication –– both to colleagues and to those outside the research community. I want the world to love science as I do.
If I have made just one picture that catches someone’s attention and prompts them to ask, “why?” then I have done well.