Digital images by Harvard physics and chemistry professor Eric J. Heller. His digital abstract art is inspired by a world we cannot directly see; the quantum realm of electrons, atoms, and molecules. The strange, often chaotic quantum domain yields forms, which he uses as a medium, creating images which convey the mystery of quantum physics.
Art has a unique capacity convey insights, intuitively and emotionally, about complex subject matter. If there is a short circuit to wisdom, it is through art. I try to exploit the powers of art to relate secrets of Nature only recently uncovered. A key element in my work is exploitation of Nature’s almost narcissistic self-similarity, her repetition of pattern on vastly different scales and in radically different contexts.
The image above is inspired by electron flow experiments.
This quasi-crystal image is a superposition of 21 plane waves.
Incredible image showing all aspects of waves acting together: reflection, diffraction and resonance.
Torus IV is a projection onto two dimensions from the four dimensional space in which the two-dimensional torus is embedded.
The image represents the interaction of two vibrational modes of a molecule.
A perfectly regular and predictable crystalline array displays surprising complexity when viewed at a typical angle.
In Rotating Rotator I, the tracks of three different four-segment rotators are seen, as they proceed from bottom to top in the image.
Here’s a three-dimensional image, plotted in two dimensions, of a four-dimensional object.
An image depicting the effect of the changing speed of deep water ocean waves traveling through a region with current eddies.
The above image shows random superpositions of waves on the surface of a sphere.
In the lower right, short semiconductor electron tracks are recorded from several different starting points. Another manifestation of chaos is seen in the moon.
All photos Courtesy of Eric J. Heller, © Eric J. Heller