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Fritz Goro's science photography


The celebrated evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once called Fritz Goro “the most influential photographer that science journalism (and science in general) has ever known.” LIFE’s science editor, Gerard Piel, praised Goro’s extraordinary gift for capturing “abstractions, of the big ideas from the genetic code to plate tectonics.” Here, LIFE.com presents Goro’s most striking, imaginative, technically accomplished, unsettlingly graphic, and frequently downright beautiful science pictures.