By: Kelly Powell
Art-infused science is the perfect recipe.
The field of science needs great minds capable of calculating difficult equations, and testing new concepts in a logical way. However, what merit do creative people have in this world of scientific discovery?
The answer, of course, is that artistic minds can inspire, motivate, and transform innovations within the discipline of science. Society can greatly benefit from these inventive imaginations. When we partner art with science, side-by-side, technological advancement seems to explode. So often, artists are overlooked in the process of scientific development.
It is essential to think outside the box when unearthing new discoveries.
The marriage of art and science creates a super wave of brain power, pulling the best attributes and ideas from each type of thinker. Both sides of the human brain are being access to produce fantastic results.
For example, a scientist may discover the calculations to bring a principle to life, whereas an artist would examine it from a different angle, providing creative design, function, and ergonomics. This flow of innovation can materialize the opposite way when a creative thinker envisions a great idea, and scientists then find a logical way to make it work. If we are lucky, we get this union within a single person, such as Leonardo da Vinci, who was a master at coalescing science with art.
Da Vinci understood that science and the arts are both on the same continuum.
“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses- especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
The benefits of uniting science with the arts is not only necessary, it is more efficient. Imagine if the scientist and the artist walked hand and hand as a fusion of logic and creativity. We are then utilizing multiple ways to tackle a problem. It is an approach that humans have not used to our advantage in the past.
Sadly, many school systems have removed the arts from their curriculum, stifling the development of artistic expression. Creativity does not seem to be a focus for students in US schools. STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) seems to forget to include the arts, and leaves creative children by the wayside. Programs continue to be eliminated, and funding remains scarce.
This needs to be re-examined.
As Océane Boulais stated in her 2015 Ted Talks, “STEM” education needs to be changed to “STEAM”, adding the letter “A” that stands for Art.
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As we expand our collective knowledge in this digital age, we can now understand the important influence that art-infused science has on modern society. The benefits to human development is obvious.
Creative minds must be nurtured, and then embedded within the scientific community as respected collaborators. The melding of arts with science will only advance technology beyond our wildest dreams, and will prove to influence our culture in positive ways in the future.
The power of the paint brush can be a driver of innovation and discovery if we accept that science and art are branches of the same tree.
Science discovers; Art creates.