Almost 15,000 votes have already been cast in the online Art of Science voting gallery. The top vote-getter as of noon on July 1 will receive a special “people’s choice” award. It’s fascinating to watch the ever-changing lineup of the top 10 vote getters. When EQN last checked, none of the images that were heavy contenders for the people’s choice award was one of the top three official prize winners  determined in May by a panel of distinguished judges.

The serious programmers in the audience might like to know that the beta version of the software toolkit developed at Princeton by graduate student Bill Zeller of the Center for Information Technology Policy to build the Art of Science voting website can be found for free at

The Art of Science voting site grows out of research by Princeton sociologist Matthew Salganik in collaboration with Zeller and others that combines sociology, systems engineering and theoretical computer science.

Read a little more about the Art of Science exhibit in Science Magazine, the American Scientist, the New Scientist, and the Italian science weekly Nòva24. Look for future coverage in Science Illustrated, the Daily Publico in Spain, the Chinese language version of Sciences et Avenir, and the British edition of Wired magazine.

You can check out the blog commentary at The Rumpus, Science Planet, Bioephemera,, Madsilence, SophieMunns, Ideonexus, Tonmo, Ectoplasmosis, Versewetenschap, and the Smithsonian magazine.

If you weren’t able to make the opening, please watch the slideshow (also at the top of this post). Or come visit. The Art of Science exhibit is on display at the School of Engineering’s Friend Center through April 2010.

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