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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Believing is Seeing

Over the summer Marcus Fantham, a PhD student in the Laser Analytics Group, made a short film for Cambridge Shorts, a project organised by the university publicity office "to support early career researchers to make professional quality short films with local artists and filmmakers." It premiered 2 weeks ago at the Arts Picturehouse, and was released on Youtube on 7 November 2016.

Marcus describes the video, "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a Nanotechnologist and an Art Historian sat down and asked a question: what does the imagination have to do with scientific innovation?

The visual imagination isn’t simply frivolous. It is utterly vital to understanding the scientific and technological developments which have allowed our society to evolve, both historically, and in the present day. This is a love letter to scientific daydreaming; to the importance of creativity in science; to the old-school sci-fi classics, and the way they captured the imagination. This is about the art of being a scientist."



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