The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

Browse through the winning images that turn scientific exploration into art

To go backward in time, start at the far right side of this Cosmic Web poster, which represents the universe as it is today, scattered with galaxies. As you move to the left, you see earlier stages of the universe in which dark matter—a mysterious substance astronomers can detect only indirectly—was structured as webs and filaments. Before that, closer to the Big Bang, dark matter was dominated by tides and voids. (Image courtesy of Miguel Angel Aragon Calvo, Julieta Aguilera, Mark Subbarao)

Complex Numbers

complex numbers
(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.


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