The Best Science Visualizations of the Year
Browse through the winning images that turn scientific exploration into art
- By Laura Helmuth and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, February 15, 2012
(Image courtesy of Konrad Polthier, FU Berlin)
How do you imagine complex numbers? Believe it or not, colors help. In this illustration, complex numbers (combinations of real and imaginary numbers) are given different colors, zeros are represented by black spots and singularities (which approach infinity) are represented by white spots.