Physics World's favourite images of 2012

Physics World (IOP’s magazine) have collated 12 images that demonstrate the visual beauty that can be found in physics.

My personal favorite is this the Weaire–Phelan foam, which I reproduce below.


The Weaire–Phelan foam is believed to be the lowest energy structure for a foam formed of equal-volume bubbles. The foam was created using a special template in a solution of water and Fairy Liquid, with bubbles being introduced by releasing nitrogen gas from a glass capillary. The resulting foam was photographed using a digital SLR camera.

Our favourite pictures of 2012 (Physics World)