Twenty Five Astonishing Wide-Ranging Photographs

These photographs are truly eclectic in their diversity: part historical, part geographical and part physiology. Each in its own right deserves to be pondered upon. For instance the photograph on Hitler’s office without any humans in it could have been taken at any time of the day or year because Hitler seldom if ever used it and after Stalingrad never again.

From that time onwards he divided his time between Berchtesgaden and the Wolves Liar in Eastern Prussia. Finally after the precipitous collapse of the Eastern Front in January 1945, Hitler’s final office was a warren of passages and rooms under the Reich’s Chancellery.

Main picture: Hitler’s office

Does the picture of Einstein’s slovenly desk contradict the adage that equates orderliness with efficiency? For me it does not. Rather it depicts a mind roiling and grappling with unsolvable questions. The one great mystery that eluded his deductive powers was disproving Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. Quantum Mechanics seemed to offend Einstein’s sense of scientific elegance.

 

Einstein's desk hours after his desk

Einstein’s desk hours after his desk

As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked only for his glasses, his writing implements and his latest equations. He knew he was dying, yet he continued his work. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all. It was a project of monumental complexity.

I was always that during the peak mountaineering month in the year – May – Mount Everest was like the proverbial Park Station. This photograph elegantly captures the essence of that crowding unlike any verbal description would.

Climbers on Mount Everest in May 2013

Climbers on Mount Everest in May 2013

That is the power of photography.

A geyser just before erruption

A geyser just before erruption

A microscopic image of the human tongue

A microscopic image of the human tongue

A rare 360 degree rainbow captured from an aircraft

A rare 360 degree rainbow captured from an aircraft

A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe which stopped at 8h15 the exact time of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945

A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe which stopped at 8h15 the exact time of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945

Active volcano Erta Ale in Ethiopia

Active volcano Erta Ale in Ethiopia

An aerial view of a scrap tyre dump

An aerial view of a scrap tyre dump

Bavarian town of Norflingen built on an impact crater

Bavarian town of Norflingen built on an impact crater

Cancer cells under an electron microscope

Cancer cells under an electron microscope

Daytona Beach in 1957

Daytona Beach in 1957

Enormous statue of Ghenis Khan in Mongolia

Enormous statue of Ghenis Khan in Mongolia

Five pounds of fat compared to five pounds of muscle

Five pounds of fat compared to five pounds of muscle

George Washington's teeth

George Washington’s teeth

Huge dust storm in Western Australia in 2013

Huge dust storm in Western Australia in 2013

Inside a Fed-Ex Boeing 757 without any Cargo

Inside a Fed-Ex Boeing 757 without any Cargo

Inside one of Google's Data Centres

Inside one of Google’s Data Centres

Mars in true colour from the Curiosity Rover

Mars in true colour from the Curiosity Rover

Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists so that his illiterate servants could know what to buy him

Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists so that his illiterate servants could know what to buy him

Octopus eggs

Octopus eggs

Overcrowded prison in El Salvador

Overcrowded prison in El Salvador

The Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world

The Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world

The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken

The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken

The cross-section of an undersea cable

The cross-section of an undersea cable

The Northern Lights from Space

The Northern Lights from Space

What pugs looked like before selective breeding

What pugs looked like before selective breeding

Where the Great Wall of China ends

Where the Great Wall of China ends

X-rays before and after treatment for scoliosis

X-rays before and after treatment for scoliosis


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