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Abstract Title: Aesthetics of Flow Visualization
Abstract: Flow visualization can contribute strong messages of science content within the community of physics and fluid mechanics researchers, but when communicating outside this community it is the aesthetics of fluid flows that carries the greatest weight. For example, large scale fluid dynamics such as storms, tornadoes, floods and wildfires are often responsible for massive destruction, yet humans draw pleasure from watching such destruction from a safe distance. Can this voyeurism be turned to our advantage in communicating science? This poster will include a short background of aesthetics in an art history context, and then present examples of four aesthetics:  beauty, power, destruction, and oddness. Each aesthetic will be illustrated with examples drawn from flow visualizations from both the Flow Visualization course (MCEN 4151) taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and sources on the web.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Jean Hertzberg
University of Colorado, Boulder
427 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309

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