Science and Art

Thu11thJul 2019

I went to two lectures and then read up on a really interesting concept - combining science with art.

Think back to science class and the lecture(s) on the speed of light, how light refracts, the angle of incidence equaling the angle of reflection (very handy for for playing pool btw)...things like that. All on a chalkboard or a whiteboard or overhead projection from a computer (depending on your age). Compare that with this picture from a light show I went to.  It was art in motion - choreographed laser light. Fantastic, beautiful, and certainly based on some solid science. All those lessons can be discussed with this picture and I find it FAR more interesting learning science through art.

And what about tracking data through art?  Dartmouth had a lecture on a group that tracks forest activity through assigned sounds. Temperature of the water is expressed through, say, a violin, with a different note or note mix for each temperature, wind speed has a different assigned instrument with notes expressing speed, air temp another instrument, precipitation has a different instrument for each different type - rain, snow etc. In the end, a snowy day will sound completely differently than a sunny one, and yet the difference can be HEARD. You could replace the instruments with colors and patterns, and now SEE the differences. Cool right?

The old paradigm of art is that you take it in, maybe talk about it, and just leave it around for appreciating. We now are educating people on science with it. SO COOL!!  AND, for extra credit, it's entirely possible that we'll change the paradigm enough to wake up people to what science is able to tell them around the Earth needing help to yesterday.