's "minimal realism" contributions to science and art are being celebrated by the graphic design blog Codex 99. Part 1 - Charley and Edie
. Part 2 - The Birds
. Part 3 - Tin Lizzie and Dinner for Two
. Part 4 - The Golden Book of Biology
. Part 5 - Bambi and Childcraft
. Part 6 - The Animal Kingdom
Thousands of illustrations
for all your primate picture needs. [more inside]
Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution catalogs 230 tree-like branching diagrams, culled from 450 years of mankind’s visual curiosity about the living world and our quest to understand the complex ecosystem we share with other organisms, from bacteria to birds, microbes to mammals.
(More trees are visible at the Google Books site
is an open database of life form silhouettes. All images are available for reuse under a Public Domain or Creative Commons license. [more inside]
Biomedical Ephemera, or, a Frog for your Boils
is "A blog for all biological and medical ephemera, from the age of Abraham through the era of medical quackery and cure-all nostrums. Sometimes featuring illustrations of diseases and conditions of the times, sometimes fascinating ephemeral medical equipment, and sometimes clippings and information about the theories themselves." The archive page
is also a useful starting point. via Things Magazine.
is a veteran American cartoonist best known for his delightful comic-book guides to science and history, many of which have previews online. Chief among them is his long-running Cartoon History of the Universe
(later The Cartoon History of the Modern World
), a sprawling multi-volume opus documenting everything from the Big Bang to the Bush administration. Published over the course of three decades, it takes a truly global view -- its time-traveling Professor thoroughly explores not only familiar topics like Rome and World War II but the oft-neglected stories of Asia and Africa, blending caricature and myth with careful scholarship (cited by fun illustrated bibliographies
) and tackling even the most obscure events with intelligence and wit
. This savvy satire carried over to Gonick's Zinn
chronicle The Cartoon History of the United States
, along with a bevy of Cartoon Guides
to other topics, including Genetics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, The Environment
, and (yes!) Sex
. Gonick has also maintained a few sideprojects, such as a webcomic look at Chinese invention
, assorted math comics
), the Muse magazine
mainstay Kokopelli & Co.
(featuring the shenanigans of his "New Muses"
), and more
. See also these lengthy interview snippets
, linked previously
. Want more? Amazon links to the complete oeuvre inside! [more inside]
is a Tumblr blog devoted to... well... scientific illustration.
Paleontologists discover the skull of a massive predatory whale (Leviathan melvillei
) in Peru. Discovery News presents this finding with the best of all possible illustrations
Botanical Drawings for the Digital Age
can spend months on one of his botanical illustrations, and when he’s done, the plant looks like something that blossomed in outer space."
- an excellent blog with a focus on art, medicine, death, and culture. Great viewing anytime, but it might also be a good reference source for any macabre seasonal celebrations!
Scientific visualization challenge 2006:
This year's winners captured inner details of a child mummy
, mathematical surfaces rendered as glass objects
, the highest mountain
on Earth, air traffic
by night, etc...
Seeing is believing
: Illustrations were essential in spreading new scientific and medical ideas and it was often the case that new developments in the sciences were accompanied by corresponding developments in illustrative techniques.
The U.S. Naval Observatory Library
features high-res scans
from antique books dealing with astronomy
and navigation. Wallpapers
A bank of digital resources for teaching biology:
, including B&W and color diagrams (with annotations), photographs, and some videos. Copying the material is permitted with conditions
. Also available en français
And if that is not enough taxonavigation for you, head over to Wikispecies
Images from Science
- An Exhibition of Scientific Photography.
1957 atomic revolution comic book.
Quite a find for 1950s atomic memorabilia enthusiasts. Creepy and educational. Has anyone here ever heard of M.Philip Copp?
The Umbrella Sail at Last a Reality!
Technofetishists will love this fabulous
collection of Popular Mechanics
covers going back to 1902
. Who'd have thought a weaving machine
could be so beautiful? Futuristic cityscapes
, bizarre weapons
, new-fangled sports
and surprisingly delicate
scenes are just a few of the pleasures in the year-by-year archive
. The mag's male-dominated
world can get kind of, um, gay
, but it's hard to imagine a better display of the joys
(especially the fears
) of our monkey fascination with technology
Buddhist mandalas? Abstract doodles? Alien snow crystals?
Nope. Just some amazing scientific art
from Art Forms in Nature
, published between 1899 and 1904 by zoologist Ernst Haeckel
. Lots more early biological art at this scientist's public domain archive
. Unfortunately, Haeckel also helped provide the philosophical foundation for Nazism
. Hey, no one's perfect.