STEAMy intimate relations
The greatest scientists are also artists; Albert Einstein famously proclaimed decades ago.
Essentially, what we try to do with science is to understand the world but also to create within the world. The key point which interconnects and drives the two procedures is creativity. How you may ask. Well, creativity entails imagination and imagination is based on visualization. One has to “see” a concept before they can formally conceptualize it.
Oftentimes scientists formulate a scientific question after creating sketches or images. Visualization comes first and then come the words, the experiments or the formulas. This certainly comes in contrast with the common notion of science being a collection of abstract notations, equations, small lab spaces and notes hard to read, let alone understand.
Of course, things go the other way around as well. Science influences artistic expression and has inspired for centuries artists in many different forms and various fields. Mixing colors in the suitable proportions to produce a certain paint or creating perspective in a drawing, understanding frequencies in music or working with light reflections in photography, have one common denominator: science.
Naturally, the examples are countless and come from every scientific or artistic field. This is exactly what we are going to explore in this STEAM (Science – Technology- Engineering- Mathematics, Medicine-ART) series featured in Greek Women in STEM magazine: science being projected as art and vice versa.
We will discuss art movements driven by science, exceptional scientists that used art in their research, book collections, artistic outreach activities to communicate science and many many more. Stay tuned…
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