We live in a pretty damn amazing universe. It’s easy to get lost in the stresses and frustrations of day-to-day life, but there is almost staggering beauty all around us, if only we take a second to notice. And while it’s easy for those not of a scientific bent to imagine science as a dusty, emotionless pursuit, those of us with a passion for it know that learning more about the universe makes it more beautiful and mysterious, not less. Science also gives us the ability to discover whole new realms of beauty that we can’t see with the naked eye, and these areas are the subject of this PBS short documentary entitled Seeing Beyond the Human Eye. It takes a look at different ways that technology allows photography to capture things we could never otherwise see, from microphotography to photographing distant galaxies; from slowing time to a crawl, to speeding it up to a blur. Check it out.
Seeing Beyond the Human Eye is part of PBS’ Off the Book series, which ” explores cutting edge art, the artists that make it and the people that share it online.” You can watch other episodes online, including looks at such diverse subjects as tattoos, animated gifs, and Lego art. You can also watch several of the individual films sampled in the documentary in their entirety via the links below.