Felice C. Frankel at Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 6:00pm

Felice C. Frankel

Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning photographer and scientist FELICE C. FRANKEL for a discussion of her latest book, Picturing Science and Engineering.

About Picturing Science and Engineering

One of the most powerful ways for scientists to document and communicate their work is through photography. Unfortunately, most scientists have little or no training in that craft. In this book, celebrated science photographer Felice Frankel offers a guide for creating science images that are both accurate and visually stunning. Picturing Science and Engineering provides detailed instructions for making science photographs using the DSLR camera, the flatbed scanner, and the phone camera. The book includes a series of step-by-step case studies, describing how final images were designed for cover submissions and other kinds of visualizations. Lavishly illustrated in color throughout, the book encourages the reader to learn by doing, following Frankel as she recreates the stages of discovery that lead to a good science visual.
Frankel shows readers how to present their work with graphics―how to tell a visual story―and considers issues of image adjustment and enhancement. She describes how developing the right visual to express a concept not only helps make science accessible to nonspecialists, but also informs the science itself, helping scientists clarify their thinking. The book includes references to Frankel's online tutorials at the book's website―visual “punctuations” of this printed edition―along with how-to videos and other additional materials.


"As we create ever more sophisticated tools to explore the micro and macro universe, it's easy to become detached from agape understanding and appreciation of what we can't see, feel, and sense. Felice Frankel's work brings those worlds within reach, so that we can appreciate not only the technical marvels but also the enormous beauty and infinite variety of creation, both natural and manmade." ―Yo-Yo Ma

"I'm pretty sure there has never been an instructional manual more gorgeous than this one, nor more captivating to people (like me) who have no practical need for its instructions. Useful, enlightening, magnificent: what more could anyone want?" ―Kurt Andersen, author of Fantasyland and host of public radio's Studio 360

"With the clarity of an expert and the passion of a true aficionado, Frankel once again proves to be crucial in bridging scientific discovery and public consciousness." ―Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Architecture & Design, Director, Research & Development, The Museum of Modern Art

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