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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.”

Discussion Forum

Art + Biocollaborative

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Folk art to communicate science

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa 3 hours ago

Art in Science Competiton

The µTAS 2014 Conference is featuring an art in science competition titled Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science Deadline 25th October 2014 Since the earliest publications of the scientific world, the aesthetic value of scientific illustrations and images has been critical to many researchers. The illustrations and diagrams of earlier scientists such as Galileo and Da Vinci have become iconic symbols of science and the scientific thought process. In current scientific literature, many scientists consider the selection of a publication as a “cover article” in a prestigious journal to be very complimentary. Are you attending the µTAS 2014 Conference? Would you like your image to be featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip? Would you like to win a financial reward? To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustration while still conveying scientific merit, NIST and Lab on a Chip are sponsoring this annual award. Applications are encouraged from authors in attendance of the µTAS Conference and the winner will be selected by a panel of senior scientists in the field of µTAS. Applications must show a photograph, micrograph or other accurate representation of a system that would be of interest to the µTAS community and be represented in the final manuscript or presentation given at the Conference. They must also contain a brief caption that describes the illustration’s content and its scientific merit. The winner will be selected on the basis of aesthetic eye appeal, artistic allure and scientific merit. In addition to having the image featured on the cover of Lab on a Chip, the winner will also receive a financial award at the Conference. Art Award Submission Process – Easy 3 Step Process Step 1. Sign-In to the Electronic Form Using Your Abstract/Manuscript Number Step 2. Fill in Remaining Information on Electronic Submission Form Step 3. Upload Your Image For full guidelines, have a look on the competition website.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa 3 hours ago

Astronaut Tweets science, art from space
Reid Wiseman is one of six Expedition 40 astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The photos and short videos he shares are a science, and often geography, lesson in 140 characters.

Monday morning Wiseman tweeted an image of “airglow,” faint bands of light enveloping Earth. There have been many images of airglow taken from the ISS but most show only the brightest yellowish-green band. Wiseman’s tweet beautifully shows the chemical changes going in layers of the upper atmosphere, each produces a different wavelength of light.

The reddish-orange band in the photos is the thinnest part of the atmosphere, 150 - 300 km up. Here oxygen and nitrogen atoms along with molecules of hydrogen and oxygen recombine each night after being broken down by solar radiation throughout the day. Energy released during that recombination produces a faint red glow.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa 3 hours ago

“If you have a memory slip in the middle of a music performance, you can usually just put down the pedal and improvise your way out of it before most people realize anything happened. Unfortunately, there isn't an equivalent to ‘pedaling-through’ for a physics talk.”
So says a piano musician (Russian-born Igor Lovchinsky) turned Physicist!
He also says: Serious training in music taught me skills that I can't imagine acquiring elsewhere. For example, every professional musician frequently finds himself in a situation in which he has to learn a new piece, or prepare for a performance on short notice and has to practice 10-plus hours per day. Concentrating for that long, with no recourse to Facebook or YouTube, does not come naturally to people, but doing this for many years taught me to shut off all distractions and focus on my work. In addition to work ethic, learning to play an instrument on a serious level trains your memory, coordination, and abstract reasoning—all useful skills that can be applied elsewhere.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa yesterday

Art, Science & Philosophy Behind Photos of Oldest Living Things
Though Sussman identifies as an artist, she's also had to earn her scientific bonafides along the way. As she explained, "There isn't an area in the sciences that deals specifically with longevity across species, because that would be too broad." So Sussman has become the expert through scholarly research, conversations with scientists, a great deal of detective work and determination. Ultimately, Sussman's work has not only given ordinary people a way to understand ideas around deep time, but it's also been a portal for connecting scientists, providing them with a platform to consider the intersections between their various specialties.

Sussman has exhibited widely in solo and group shows at venues including the Berlin Botanical Museum.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Tuesday

Where art meets science is the focus of the next Omaha Science CafΘ.

The event had been scheduled for June 3 but was canceled because of bad weather.

The speakers will be Kenneth BΘ, who is head of paintings conservation at the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, and James Temme, who is director of the radiation science technology division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

BΘ will discuss technical examinations used in the art conservation studio and talk about restoration of an 1899 painting, "Pearl of Venice," by Thomas Moran.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on 19th Aug, 2014 at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St., Nebraska, USA

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Tuesday

Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St. “The World We Create.” Permanent exhibit that explores science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through collaborative and open-ended challenges.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Tuesday

Today, many people prefer to photograph and be photographed rather than to look at art. In some galleries, the human viewer is fighting a lonely and losing battle with the hordes of smartphones, tablets and selfies that besiege the most celebrated exhibits. And there is a complaint that people are no longer looking at art in the way they should be doing and understanding it and getting the message of the artists.
The world’s great galleries divide on whether to allow photography. The Louvre and the New York Metropolitan allow it. The Uffizi and the Prado do not – and nor does the Sistine Chapel. To protect vulnerable art, many try to draw the line at flash photography, not always successfully. But it would in fact be simpler and better for both the pictures and the public if no photography was allowed at all. Looking at the art may be an old-fashioned priority, but it ought to be the essential one, all the same.
People are blaming the technology for the change. Should we change this trend of selfies?
Take no photographs in art galleries
Galleries should be for looking at the art not for having your picture taken in front of it! This is the message artists want to convey now!

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on Tuesday

In the health care industry, medical illustration is called a promising path into medicine.

So what is medical illustration? Simply put, it’s a blend of science and art.

It is communicating what doctors and medical professionals, science professionals do.
"You see the bullet go into the body; you see the lung and the heart or whatever. That all had to be animated by a medical illustrator.”

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 12, 2014 at 10:04am

ArtLab ‘Making music out of brainwaves’ at Cameo Gallery
A neuroscience professor who is also a composer will combine both specialities at Cameo Gallery on March 11, with a project that turns brainwaves into music.
In the latest installment of art and science event series ArtLab, Sulzer and his partner Brad Garton will hook singer and multi-instrumentalist Lora Faye and jazz drummer William Hooker up to a machine that will measure their electroencephalo (EEG) waves.

Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 11, 2014 at 9:20am

The Marshall University medical community has published its second annual literary and art review, “Aenigma Medicorum: The Puzzle of Doctors.”

From that official-sounding title comes a creative work by medical students and professionals long accustomed to dealing in the facts and figures of science.


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