We've got STEM problems in this country. Not the argument over stem cells but not enough people choosing STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) as a career path. Maybe this has something to do with the way we view STEM subjects -- boring. The Max Planck Florida Foundation and the Palm Beach Photographic Centre (415 Clematis St., West Palm Beach) are teaming up to help change that perception with "Images of Science." Every year, the Max Planck Society in Germany asks for images that will prove the thesis that science is art. From Wednesday through December 30, the Photographic Centre will display more than 40 of the selected images submitted by the foundation's 80 scientific institutes. The photos on display are meant to illustrate the kinds of things scientists study every day, such as a stained brain cell as seen through a light microscope or a computer-animation still illustrating the theory of "loop quantum gravity" and how it might explain the space-time dynamic. While that might sound cryptic and arcane, the images reveal that it is also beautiful, fascinating, and mysterious. The exhibition is available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. Visit fotofusion.org, or call 561-253-2600.
Wed., Nov. 30, 2011