Wood and Stainless Steel Molecular Model Sculpture
Before computers were common, scientists made physical models to better visualize complex concepts and to communicate their ideas. When x-rays were first used to probe the repeating lattices of atoms within matter, “ball-and-stick” models were built to detail the positions of those atoms. These molecular models, which were handmade well into the 1970s, are now prized by collectors of scientific artifacts, industrial design, and mid-century modern. This particular ball-and-stick model is a modern example of the craft. It is constructed of hardwood balls with precisely located holes. These holes hold stainless steel rods which support the structure known as “body-centered cubic.” In this particular case, the model represents the atoms within the metal lithium magnified 250 million times.
- Depth: 8.0 Width: 8.0 Height: 8.0
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