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“Sketches Of Science” Lets Nobel Prize Winners Play With Crayons


So what happens when you gather a bunch of Nobel Prize winners, hand them a bunch of crayons and some paper, and ask them to go to town drawing the thing that won them said Nobel Prize? Delightful things happen, that’s what.

Such a situation was created for UC Davis’ exhibit “Sketches Of Science: Photo Sessions With Nobel Laureates,” for which German photographer Volker Steger captured the laureates with their crayon recreations of their Nobel-winning discoveries. As Steger told Live Science:

All the laureates I met for a photo shoot were quite surprised by my exceptional request, because I did not inform them beforehand. The sketches turned out to be as varied as the Nobel laureates who drew them. But they all equally demonstrate the beauty of intellectual concepts — and of minds at work.

Examples of what the laureates did:

          • Richard E. Taylor won in 1990 for his work in particle physics and didn’t draw anything, saying “there’s a quark somewhere on that paper.”
          • 1984 winner Carlo Rubbia “drew himself cooking up atoms in a frying pan.”
          • Leon M. Lederman (1988 winner) just drew a cadre of scientists cheering over their victory.

Scientists are adorable badasses. You can get a better look at the photos here. If you’re in the Davis area the exhibit is open until Jan. 28th.

Very Important People should play with crayons more often, is what I’m getting from this.

(via Live Science)

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