Science, a lot of times, gives us abstractions or equations so we can understand things we cannot see. Rarely do we ever get a chance to view something that was before impossible. This photo above is amazing. It’s the most exciting photo I’ve seen in a long time. That is an atom. Before this, atoms were invisible. Now, there it is.
This photo “won the overall prize in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)” and it deserves it. It’s beautiful.
David Nadlinger, explained how the photograph came about: “The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the miniscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality. A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot.”