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Mirroring Nature: Symmetrical and Crystalline Structures Derived from Natural Forms

Mirroring Nature: Symmetrical and Crystalline Structures Derived from Natural Forms
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Author(s): Anna Ursyn (University of Northern Colorado, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 36
Source title: Advancing Pharmaceutical Processes and Tools for Improved Health Outcomes
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tagelsir Mohamed Gasmelseid (International University of Africa, Sudan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0248-7.ch009

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Abstract

This chapter provides discussion of the visual ways of learning basic physical and chemical concepts related to symmetry and the crystalline structures. All kinds of symmetrical structures are present in substances and their various molecular compositions that are researched in fields related to pharmacology. Great part of technologies, methodologies, tools, and applications require knowledge visualization skills to understand and present concepts and processes. Exploration of science-based concepts and nature-related processes supports attaining visualization literacy, which is needed for explaining physical and chemical notions, clinical procedures, and publicizing clinical and mobile medical informatics. This chapter discusses the ways of preparing to this task artists, graphic designers, computer graphics students, as well as people in charge of hospitals, medical centers, and pharmaceutical industries who hire designers. The chapter offers exercises in visualization of scientific concepts by providing two projects about basic science-related themes: (1) Symmetry and pattern in animal world: geometry and art, and (2) Crystals and crystal caves. Each project invites the reader to create visual presentation of the theme.

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