of the many new disciplines emerging with the advent of the computer
age, imaging science combines powerful software and imaging tools
such as X-rays and electron microscopes to increase the range of
properties scientists can observe and to improve the accuracy and
reproducibility of images.
The U of C’s
Center for Imaging Science—a joint project with Argonne National
Laboratory—is still concocting a full-fledged Web site, but does
have a Web “brochure” called “New Tools Reveal New Truths.” Besides
providing a brief overview of the field and the Center for Imaging
Science, the site depicts and describes the computer-aided work
of researchers from around the University. Visitors can see more
than 50 images, including fractals in a block of lucite, earthworm
hemoglobin, and the Milky Way galaxy.
in humanities use imaging science: McGuire Gibson, AM’64, PhD’68,
of the Oriental Institute, processes satellite images to look for
ancient settlements, while art historian Barbara Stafford, PhD’72,
compares current scientific images to those of the 18th century.
World Wide Web location: http://www-nmlt.uchicago.