Friday, June 3, 2016

[Event 4] Extra Credit 1: Why do we need Art in Science

Scientists tend to look at the world differently from others. Through formulas, equations, experiments, and research, they are able capture and envision various subjects of study. The comprehension of these subjects allows them to truly perceive and understand the significance of the sciences in the universe. But scientists are only a small fraction of humanity, making communication to others an important part of what scientists ought to be doing.

Within the scientific community, communication is straightforward because everyone is familiar with the scientific language. However, it is imperative that these messages are disseminated throughout all communities. Through the incorporation of visual and audio artistic mediums, science becomes accessible and comprehensive to those outside of the scientific community.

Yesterday I had to honor to attend a presentation featuring both Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski, pioneers in combining Art with Science. The Morpho Nano project uses light to project Buckminsterfullerene molecules (Buckyball) on a large scale, creating an interactive experience in which the audience can manipulate the virtual Buckyball to understand its properties.

In the reality of science, funding is a major issue. Professor Gimzewski mentioned briefly how science departments are suffering from reduction in funding. Often times the importance of various kinds of research are overlooked by those who are funding them.

The work that Vesna and Gimzewski are doing, using art to express scientific subjects, help people see the scientists’ work through the scientists eyes. Visual and audio comprehension gives a sense of tangibility, which leads people to grasp the implications of scientific research.

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