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I think one of the serious problems we have
in why kids or adults
are not engaged in science and engineering is—
I really believe it has a lot to do with the way
we as researchers express our ideas and our research.
It's so incredibly beautiful, it's so visual most of the time,
yet we're not using the visuals in a way
that I think is accessible.
And that's one of the reasons why Angela DePace and I
wrote this book—not only to bring in the whole notion
of designing your stuff to communicate, but that
in fact, while you're thinking of how to represent your work
and clarify it for the viewer, you are in fact also
clarifying it for yourself.
So for example, this spread that we have in the chapter
on form and structure: I mean, what we did was have
what we're calling 'befores and afters.' So, on one side
of the spread you have the image as it appeared
in the journal, and this example is something called
a quantum corral, where Don Eigler and his colleagues
literally were able to place on a substrate a corral of atoms.
Now, you understand of course that what
we're seeing here is a colored representation.
Angela and I talked about the fact that what is also
very important besides the corral itself are, in fact,
the quantum effects going on within the corral.
So we're suggesting: get rid of the color.
Now, we're not saying this is the only way to do it,
but what we're trying to do it push the researchers
and students to rethink, for example, color.
And that grayscale can, in fact, be clearer.
So on the grayscale image, you are seeing the atoms, true,
but you're also seeing the quantum effects in an equal way.
And once again, we think it's a good idea, and we're trying
to suggest to the researchers to just go beyond
the accepted way that they generally do things.