Oliver Sacks' slab()
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This iridium was original sold to Sacks by my friend Max Whitby in the form of marble-sized buttons. Sacks wanted it in the form of a single large slab, and in the summer of 2004 I got a chance to visit Kaistar R&D in New Jersey with him. Kaistar is run by a family of Russians and they have the lovely electron-beam furnace you see here, with Sacks in front of it holding his newly minted 1.7 pound lump of solid high-purity iridium. Read my story about the trip for more information and pictures of what goes on inside the furnace.
Location: Oliver Sacks' Office
Photographed: 6 August, 2004