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Another story: Difference between an artist and a scientist

People say there is no difference in thinking between artists and scientists. But recently I read an interesting story that confirms the different  thinking ways between a scientist and  an artist ... It is about Einstein and his wife who was a poet...

Frau Einstein was Albert Einstein’s wife. She was a poet, and Albert Einstein was perhaps one of the greatest scientific thinker of all the ages. Naturally Frau Einstein wanted her husband to know…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on November 1, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

How Picasso was wrong

Just now I read a Picasso Quote. It goes like this: The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshimas.

What a misconception! And most of the time artists who cannot understand the importance of science and how it works say such silly things.

Einstein himself didn't approve Hiroshima and criticized it severely (1).

In 1905 Einstein had published his revolutionary equation showing that matter and energy were equivalent and interconvertible. There was much speculation by…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 11, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Artists, don't try to mislead the world for your personal gains!

This week, the news that is making the cyber world go mad is how an artist with his baseless beliefs trying to mislead the world!

With the headlines like these...

Neil de Grasse Tyson Corrects the Science of … a Rapper’s Flat Earth Theories No art form is safe from scientific critique.

People stopped believing the Earth was flat 200 years ago. But some artists are still propagating the old theories and their beliefs! Rapper B.o.B took to Twitter on 25th June to…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on January 27, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Different ways scientists and artists view a thing

Recently I was told about some "Geology based Art". 'Wonderful', I thought immediately after hearing about it and before viewing the art, 'How artists are contributing to understanding the world of science is really laudable'. Laudable? Only until I saw the actual art work. The moment I saw it my view changed!

Because I was expecting to see a work of art that makes science easy and more interesting. But all that I saw was an artist's point of view. Aesthetics and only beauty of Earth…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 28, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

My interview in Interalia Magazine

My interview in the October issue of Interalia Magazine

An online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.

“Anything I do should be able to facilitate real progress of the human kind…That is why I consider following science and communicating it as the top most priorities in my life”. Artist, poet, scientist and writer, Krishna Kumari Challa, communicates science through art and literature. In this exclusive interview she discusses her…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 15, 2015 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

A new and powerful vision at the confluence of science and art

The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry - Bertrand Russell
And I would like to rewrite the quote : The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone…
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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 31, 2015 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Another difference between science and art

An artist said this recently: “Science always pushes for a rational explanation for our world, but eschews the notion that there may be two or more opposing ideas that could equally stand up to scrutiny, forcing us to choose and defend one idea over the rest. Art, on the other hand allows for —and even encourages—the clash and irresolution of conflicting thoughts, but often falls short of providing answers that exist in a greater context.

My view on this:

But, true scientists…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 12, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Why you cannot create lots of sci-art works

One of my artist friends creates lots of art works. At least ten to fifteen in a month. Most of the works are landscapes and nature-related. It is as if some machine is working in her studio producing innumerable works in no time. And sells them cheap, attracting people and making lots of money in the process. She copies from photographs, pictures in news papers and magazines. She need not put much of an effort mentally. I am sure she can paint thousands of these things in her life…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on January 28, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Being both a specialist and a generalist helps!

Being both a specialist and a generalist helps!

Well, yes. I am a specialist on toxins produced by micro-organisms in food. I specialized in a particular subject. That really sounds weird. Because that doesn't make me an absolute specialist. I am a relative specialist because there are several microbes and the toxins produced by them are different. I am a myco-toxicologist, because I specialized in mycotoxins, i.e., toxins produced by fungi. And I am not a specialist on all toxins…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on December 2, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Are people of science dumb?

I have read 'several' articles recently that say, " sciences should embrace art to get more creative and do out of the box thinking". 

Well, this really stumps me. Are people of science dumb? All these inventions, discoveries, thinking in new ways to understand the world and help it - observed for so many years came out of nothing? Isn't there creativity in science? Are scientists limited to their narrow boxes ( some are trying to call them pigeon holes!)? Somehow I don't like…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on November 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

How an artist helped science unintentionally

Nikolai Peristov, a Russian artist who carves jewellery from ancient mammoth tusks, helped science unintentionally! In 2008, Peristov was looking for ivory along Siberia’s Irtysh River when he noticed a bone jutting from the riverbank. He dug it out and showed it to a police forensic scientist, who identified it as probably human.

The bone turned out to be a human left femur, and eventually made it to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, where…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 31, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Artists damage the ecology when they do things with half knowledge

Earlier I have written on how an artist was consuming lots of power, instead of helping with save it, with her 'enlightening' art work. You can read it here:

http://kkartlab.in/profiles/blogs/artists-venture-into-sci-art-only-after-grasping-the-subject-full

I said then - problems will arise if one cannot see the whole picture like the scientists…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on August 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Taking science-art to public places

I have stressed several times the importance of taking science-based art to public places (ref 1) to make common people understand science  in a better way  making them more interested in the subject and getting benefited by it. 

Now listen to this wonderful news: Magnified is an exhibit of 46 scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times. The exhibit is on display at Washington Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on June 26, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

What scientists and geeks do outside of their labs and work places

Scientists and engineers are coming out of their ivory towers and forts more and more and interacting with the world outside and enjoying it thoroughly. They are also pursuing their passions. Short videos depict some lesser known aspects of the lives of cutting-edge scientists, their hobbies, passions and pastimes outside of the lab are now on line.

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers is an Emmy-nominated web series and site from PBS’s NOVA. This is where you can learn about…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on April 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Nature painters, you can help scientists!

Artists, when you paint nature try to paint the colours, shapes (like river banks and mountain ridges) exactly like you see. This will give clues to future generations to come to conclusions based on your works regarding the conditions in which you worked. This will have tremendous ecological impacts.

In the future, in case the river changes the course or a landslide occurs, people should be able to identify the differences with the help of your art works.

No I am not joking.…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on March 29, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

My replies to artists' questions - part 2

Artists ask me several interesting questions. Whether they really want to learn about scientific way of understanding things or just want to test me is anybody's guess.

But I never felt I cannot answer them. In the first part I added a few questions and my answers to them. And here I am adding a few more:

Artist ( Mr. X):

‘Probably science has been trained and domesticated me- both in physical and artistic life. I usually think art and science are strongly…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on March 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Sunil Vilas exclusive interview’s Dr Krishna Kumari Challa – Indian Scientist, writer, poet, designer, activist & artist

An art promoting site in the Uk is promoting science based art. In this connection, it published an interview with me. Please check it here:…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on March 1, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

The reason why they never pick science based art

An artist who is dealing with science based art asked me to give reasons why the curators, art critics, gallery people and art collectors don't pick science based art.

My reply: Because they don't understand it! Pure and simple.

But I have a solution: If  no one is going to pick you, pick yourself. Why wait for others to do the job for you?

I have read this quote somewhere and I like it: If you are waiting to be anointed, waiting to be branded, waiting to for someone…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 19, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Art helping science: These types of claims will not be accepted by science

An interesting episode has happened recently in the science-art arena. I asked several artists whether art has helped in getting sweeping changes across the world.  I got some really excellent replies that somewhat changed my perception of art for the better.

But I got some replies that  claimed several things. One person insisted:

"Art serves so much and beyond. It is a form of Science of its own but misunderstood and fought by many scientists. It should be collaborated which…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 18, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Why is it difficult for people of science to be in the same room with artists

Why scientists cannot be on the same wavelength with the artists....

Science-art interactions are bringing people from various fields together. Instead of forging friendships between these people several times these interactions are ending in bitter skirmishes. After interacting with scientists, some artists tried to tease the former group of people and their way of doing things. I myself witnessed these things before my own eyes. I want to bring these things to the notice of both…

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Added by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on February 2, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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