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Updated: January 12th, 2011 10:01 AM CDT

Solutions Einstein Would Just Love

All you have to do is think like the world's great physicists
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By Barry Hochfelder

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." —Albert Einstein

"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it." —Niels Bohr

Our annual Imaging Solutions of the Year issue always reveals some of the creative thinking that the great physicists, Einstein and Bohr, espoused. Find a problem, think about it in new and different ways, and settle on a solution. Sounds easy, but of course it isn't.

The 2009 Solutions of the Year come from Clemex Technologies (Microscopy), Cooke Corp. (Commercial Applications), Mercury Computer Systems (Visualization) and NASA (Space Imaging). Here's a look at the challenges. To find the solutions, please turn to the Imaging Solutions of the Year section on page 8.

At Clemex (Longueuil, Quebec, Canada), they wanted to properly analyze the physical dimension of carbon fibers with optical microscopy. It's critical that the fibers are uniformly dispersed on each slide. The main challenge is to get the greatest number of valid fibers to be analyzed so that the results become statistically valid.

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