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“Study the science of art and the art of science.” - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Science is the new art"

Albert Einstein’s quote — “the greatest scientists are artists as well”.

Science has always relied on visual representation to convey key concepts.

  ‘If you can’t explain something simply, you don’t understand it.’ - Albert Einstein

Math is undeniably artistic

An interdisciplinary researcher must  face the challenge of being proficient in two (or multiple) different research areas! Not only must s/he be familiar with key principles and methodology in each area, but also understand baseless "biases" and "dogmas" that are a result of inbreeding, and struggle to fight these, as new knowledge emerges from her/his research. An unenviable task indeed! The pointlessness of evaluating such researchers work with conventional metrics should be aptly emphasized.

“The best scientists, engineers and mathematicians are incredibly creative in their approaches to problem-solving and application development”.

"Science, like art, is not a copy of nature but a re-creation of her." – Jacob Bronowski

In scientia veritas, in arte honestas — in science truth, in art honor

E.W. Sinnot, the American biologist and philosopher: "Stored images in the mind are the basis for new creative ideas."

Science based art and literature : communicating complexity through simplicity - Krishna

Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything by Anonymous

Every science begins as philosophy and ends as art - Will Durant 

Life itself is a beautiful interaction between art and science. You can't escape it! - Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa 


"The Science of Art is like putting a microphone to the whispers of creativity that echo through the halls of every research laboratory fused with the late night musings of the artists in their studios" - Sachi DeCou

“Every Science begins as Philosophy and ends as Art, it arises in hypothesis and flows into achievement”- Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy

Scientists can be artists as well,  while they submit their academic papers, and theses they often draw their own illustrations!

Is suffering really necessary? Yes and no. If you had not suffered as you have, there would be no depth to you, no humility, no compassion.
-Eckhart Tolle

Science has enabled the kind of art we’ve never before seen.

Without the arts, science is hobbled. Without science, art is static.

John Maeda wrote of Leonardo da Vinci’s observations that art is the queen of science.

Science is as much cultural as art is cultural,”

Art is science made clear (what!).

"The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance." - Aristotle.

Science is a search for answers, based on logic, rationality and verification. Its workplace is the laboratory.

In contrast, art is a search for questions, based on intuition, feeling and speculation. Its workplace is the studio.

DaVinci himself said, "Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world. "
"Art is the heart's explosion on the world. Music. Dance. Poetry. Art on canvas, on walls, on our skins. There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. It is the consciousness of the world breaking away from the strangle grip of an archaic social order." - Luis J. Rodriguez.

For Dawkins, understanding the science behind natural phenomena (and sometimes being reminded of how much more we have yet to learn or discover) can still make our encounters with them sublime. From this point of view, science is the champion of artistic creativity, not its enemy.

"Scientists and artists are both trying to get a better understanding of the world around us, but they are doing it through different lenses,"

It takes many skills to achieve truly remarkable things. A diverse view to solving problems is best.

You need a deep understanding of science to actually manipulate concepts in novel ways and get creative in science - Krishna

"If you hear a voice within you saying, 'You are not a painter,' then by all means paint ... and that voice will be silenced, but only by working."
-- Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Theo, 28 October 1883.

"The line between art and science is a thin one, and it waves back and forth”

"One of the most common misconceptions about science is that it isn't creative — that it is inflexible, prescribed or boring. Actually, creativity is a crucial part of how we do science"!

"All knowledge has its origins in perception." Da Vinci.

“The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it; and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful." Jules Henri Poincare

The beauty of art lies in the inimitable creativity of the artist and in the interpretation of the beholder.

"Artists see things one way and scientists another and the really interesting thing is in what's in between."

Einstein’s support of artistic endeavors is both well-known and well-documented.

“The greatest scientists are artists as well,” he once said.

Atul Dodiya (Indian Artist) : Life is beautiful as a painter. Changing colour, observing life and paying attention to every detail that we’re exposed to, and then giving our own vision to it… Nothing gives me more joy.

Art : You accomplish a task that is called art as there is no specific postulates or guidelines.

Science : You do the work with a set of guidelines.

"Change and risk-taking are normal aspects of the creative process. They are the lubricants that keep the wheels in motion. A creative act is not necessarily something that has never been done; it is something you have never done."
-- Nita Leland in The Creative Artis

 Pablo Picasso once said, "Good artists copy, great artists steal." All creative artists build upon the work established by the masters before them. ( Not me!- Krishna)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.   Art is knowing which ones to keep – Scott Adams

‘Art makes science come alive for students’

Albert Einstein - “The greatest scientists are artists as well”.

“ Science art shows some of the incredible natural beauty that researchers in life sciences see every day in their work.”

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“Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens” sounds more like the title of a paper to be presented at a scientific colloquium, but while there’s hard science behind the images in Caughey’s installation, it’s driven by an artist’s vision.

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The relevance of art in a world dominated by technology and science was a question that confronted visionary art theorist and artist Gyorgy Kepes in 1946, and art historians say it is still relevant more than ever in the digital age -- and especially in Silicon Valley.

Kepes (pronounced "KAY-pesh") sought to find a visual bridge between art and science that he believed was rooted in nature and particularly in the microscopic worlds that were only available to scientists at the time. Kepes' 1951 exhibition at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sought to demonstrate a potentially shared visual language between science and art. Photographic panels hung from lattices confronted the visitor with previously unknowable worlds: from cells to cloud-chamber tracks, the patterns of electric sparks to a magnification of a camel's tongue. These patterns, shapes and textures, artistic in themselves, were paired with Kepes' own explorations in photographic light and painting.

A new show at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "The New Landscape: Experiments in Light by Gyorgy Kepes," reconstructs the seminal 1951 exhibition using original double-sided panels hung from lattices as Kepes did.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa yesterday

The Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize has been awarded to a Queensland-based artist for her eco-conscious artwork.
Mangrove painting takes top prize

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A network framework of cultural history
The emergent processes driving cultural history are a product of complex interactions among large numbers of individuals, determined by difficult-to-quantify historical conditions. To characterize these processes, we have reconstructed aggregate intellectual mobility over two millennia through the birth and death locations of more than 150,000 notable individuals. The tools of network and complexity theory were then used to identify characteristic statistical patterns and determine the cultural and historical relevance of deviations. The resulting network of locations provides a macroscopic perspective of cultural history, which helps us to retrace cultural narratives of Europe and North America using large-scale visualization and quantitative dynamical tools and to derive historical trends of cultural centers beyond the scope of specific events or narrow time intervals.

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Adding digital elements to science-based exhibition
If you’ve been having a hard time telling the difference lately between art and science, don’t blame yourself. Western New York’s galleries, museums and even waterways, for that matter, are increasingly playing host to projects that combine aspects of science, art and activism in ways designed to blur boundaries and invent new hybrid categories of creative expression.

Byron Rich, a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s MFA program now working in Meadville, Pa., has been at this game for years. His work is the focus of a new exhibition opening Sunday in the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University. The show, called “Protista Imperialis v2.1,” features many interactive digital elements, including a live feed of Instagram photos that carry the hashtag “#climatechange” and a functioning bioreactor that actively grows algae in the gallery as long as visitors are present.

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A surgeon's high tech exhibit - Art and science of Renaissance

On display at Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center, statues has several broken fingers. Another seems to suffer from a cyst on a nerve. A third may have symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. A fourth is missing a thumb.

We know this because we can share in the science -- through art -- of medical diagnosis, on display at the exhibit "Inside Rodin's Hands," which runs through Sunday.

The internal anatomy of 10 different Rodin hands are re-created in a high-quality 3-D virtual model built by a Stanford team, using CT scans of modern hands with similar ailments.
Visitors can view the underlying structures -- bones, nerves and blood vessels -- from every angle, via an iPad. It's like seeing Rodin's hands through the eyes of a surgeon.

A diagnosis for each hand has been prepared by Dr. James Chang, a Stanford hand surgeon, and students in his undergraduate course "Surgical Anatomy of the Hand: From Rodin to Reconstruction," which studies the anatomy and aesthetics of human structure.

They propose surgical solutions: Bones rejoined. Connective tissue removed. Enzymes injected. Nerves and tendons transferred. Joints replaced.

The new exhibit is part of a time-honored intersection of art and anatomy dating back to the Renaissance.

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Pioneering Innovation through science and art collaboration
Creating a collaborative dream, where science and art meet to inspire change, where like-minded people can get away from their computer screens to meet and exchange ideas, bouncing off each other’s energy, rather than working online. Yellin himself describes his vision with this anecdote, “Pioneer Works fearlessly bridges the chasm between disparate disciplines. A biologist excitingly beckons a musician to the microscope, a painter shares her sketches with a geneticist and together they discover a new algorithm for printmaking. It is a nursery for innovation, an alpine highway to the horizon of the imagination.”

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Wednesday

The wonder of fungus, dirt and parasites: Exhibition showcases stunning scientific photographs and animations

The images are part of the 'Art of Science' exhibition being held by Princeton University in New Jersey
Winner of the image category showed complex patterns created by water moving over the Atlantic coast
Second place went to an image of a microscopic view of a fungus growing on debris within an ant colony
There was also a video category which featured images of a fish's line of sight and cells branching

Although reported earlier about this, the animation on this site is really wonderful:

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Wednesday

Jennifer Ahrens of Lyndoch is making large strides in the art world with the 23-year-old taking home the Youth Art Prize at the 2014 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize. Using oil paint and glass Jennifer designed a piece called Heartwood#7. The piece shows the void within Eucalyptus camaldulensis, an empty space left behind from decomposition of the heartwood.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Wednesday

‘tinybiSHen’ – where art and science collide
ears of art training, months of creating, destroying and recreating work going hand-in-hand with microscopes, telescopes and a fascination with the workings of the brain: not the usual ingredients of an art exhibition. But artist John Byrne (jb) has brought all of this to ‘tinybiSHen’ which opens on Monday 28 July at new space Basement in Church Street, Douglas


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