SDN Images

The images below have been chosen for the Science and Democracy Network webpage because they represent some of the many different issues and topics covered under the rubric of science, technology, and society. Images are chosen for their aesthetic power and their analytical richness. High-resolution files can be accessed by clicking on the images, when available. It is intended that these images may serve useful for SDN members as well as others who are looking for provocative science and technology imagery.

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Most images here are in the public domain and are free for any use. A few have more specific licensing requirements. See the individual captions for details.


Image of the Earth and the lunar surface, taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders, 24 December 1968. "Everything functions and the functioning drives us further and further to more functioning, and technology tears people away and uproots them from the earth more and more. I don't know if you are scared; I was certainly scared when I recently saw the photographs of the earth taken from the moon. We don't need an atom bomb at all; the uprooting of human beings is already taking place. We only have purely technological conditions left. It is no longer an earth on which human beings live today." — Martin Heidegger, interview with Der Spiegel, 1966. Source: NASA (Public Domain).

American Panopticon

Postcard of an American panopticon: "Interior view of cell house, new Illinois State Penitentiary at Stateville, near Joliet, Ill." Source: Scanned from the postcard collection of Alex Wellerstein. (Copyright expired.)

Oppenheimer's Hat

For the first issue of Physics Today, May 1948, all that was needed to convey the new order was a picture of J. Robert Oppenheimer's porkpie hat on some heavy instrumentation. Source: Copyright American Institute of Physics, Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, used with permission (free for educational, non-commercial websites, see here).

Dolly on Exhibit

Dolly was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell, and now her remains are on display in a museum in Scotland. Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain).

Butterfly Tongue

Science gives us new ways of seeing our world — in the eyes of a scanning electron microscope, the beautiful butterfly becomes a horrible monster, with alien eyes and a twisted tongue. Source: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain).

The Einstein Robot

When scientists at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology were looking for a face for their "HUBO" (Humanoid Robot), they chose to resurrect the most recognizable in the world: Albert Einstein. Source: "Mac" at Wikimedia Commons (copyleft licensed CC Attribution 2.5).

Hanford Reactor Face

Workers operate the front face of an early nuclear reactor at Hanford, Washington, producing plutonium for the growing American nuclear stockpile. Source: Hanford Site, Declassified Documents Retrieval System, #N1D0052475, scanned from original by Richland Operations Office, Department of Energy (Public Domain).

Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

To commemorate the first all-nuclear battle formation in 1964, crew members on the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) assembled into the world's most famous scientific equation. Source: US Navy (Public Domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

National Security at the Nanoscale

A nanoscale circuit with the logo of Sandia National Laboratories: national security at the smallest of scales. Source: Courtesy Sandia National Laboratories, SUMMIT™ Technologies, Copyrighted but can be used according to the Sandia MEMS image use policy (requires attribution).

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