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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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Author Margaret Atwood to discuss creative writing, science at ASU

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood will be speaking on the relationship between art and science and the importance of creative writing and imagination for addressing social and environmental challenges this November at ASU.

Internationally renowned novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will visit Arizona State University this November to discuss the relationship between art and science and the importance of creative writing and imagination for addressing social and environmental challenges.

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‘Play Day’ Explores How Art Can Improve Science Education
Hundreds of local educators descended on Balboa Park Thursday afternoon to explore how artistic creativity can lead to innovation in science education.

The “Play Day for Educators” was sponsored by Art of Science Learning, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to spark creativity in science education. San Diego is one of three cities nationwide with an incubator program to develop ideas. The event was organized to showcase the San Diego incubator teams’ projects.

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Award-Winning Images Taken By Scientists At Work
The Princeton University Art of Science exhibition isn’t your average art show.

True to Albert Einstein’s quote — “the greatest scientists are artists as well” — which sits on the exhibition’s home page, each of the images was made or taken during scientific research.

The university holds the competition every year and they just released their 2014 image gallery. We picked out a few of our favourites from the winners.

The images range from microscope photographs to 3-D simulations to a typical photo of a not-so-typical phenomenon.

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Art meets science at osteosymbionics, maker of custom craniofacial implant products
For those who have suffered a traumatic injury to the skull and face -- be it from an accident, cancer or deformity -- OsteoSymbionics leads the way in facial reconstruction. The Cleveland-based manufacturer of custom craniofacial implants serves surgeons at hospitals across the United States. OsteoSymbionics’ products provide both skull rebuilding and is cosmetically attractive.
Founded in 2006by Cynthia Brogan, OsteoSymbionics is known for using a special plastic in its craniofacial implants that doesn’t break and exactly fits the patient's face or skull. The type of plastic they use is a market niche and it’s done really well in its ability to be shaped to the skull opening without crumbling or breaking.”
Today, OsteoSymbionics has a line of products that range from a clear implant that allows surgeons to see brain function during placement, to hard and soft tissue implants. Housed in the Incubator at MAGNET, the company employs six full-time and two part-time employees who have backgrounds that range from medical artists and sculptors to biomedical engineers and materials scientists.
Many of the artists on staff are graduates of Cleveland Institute of Art’s biomedical program. “The fit and forming is more of an art than a science. Because of the talent of the students at CIA, they can do things that are pretty complex.”

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About art that is already a part of science----
When art changes the rules for science

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Science meets art in Kelsey Brookes’ psychedelic paintings
'Sleep: The Science and the Mystery' comes to the Library Street Collective
By his early 20s, Kelsey Brookes was already on track for a career in science. Originally hailing from the suburbs of Denver, Brookes studied microbiology in college and landed a fellowship at the Center for Disease Control, tasked with the glamorous job of testing dead birds for the West Nile virus. Then he became a self taught artist by leaving his job.
Lately, Brookes creates his psychedelic paintings using brightly colored acrylic paint. The paintings may look like the work of an artistic free spirit, but they actually hark back to his days as a scientist.

“I started painting molecules,” he says. “If you think of a constellation, like Orion, it’s made up of a group of probably 10 different stars. If Orion was a molecule, and you shrunk it down tiny, each one of the stars in the molecule would be an atom.” Brookes was inspired by the molecular line drawings he used to use in the lab.

“I was doing these abstract paintings. I realized, I could represent, like, LSD, but I could do it in a really colorful pattern,” Brookes says. “It would not only be a map of the exact molecular formula for LSD, but it would also use the colors that popular culture has fleshed out for the hallucinogenic experience.”

For his latest show (and Detroit debut), Brookes sought inspiration in sleep: “What the neurotransmitters are that help regulate sleep, and make sleep happen — that all goes back to these molecules,” he says.

Brookes says he knows most people just appreciate the paintings for their aesthetic value, but there’s a whole other world within them if people care to look. “People historically have looked at science and art as two separate things, like the left brain and the right brain,” Brookes says. “My feeling is that, in the end, there’s so many more connections to celebrate and pay attention to.”
Sleep: The Science and the Mystery opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25 at Library Street Collective, 1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443;


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