Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Art in Science

 The relationship between the two cultures of art and science is one that has been debated about for decades after being sparked by P.C. Snow in his 1959 lecture.  Since that time, there has been a noticeable shrink in the gap between how people see the two.  Snow said that he would go from speaking to scientists during the day to talking to his literary colleagues at night, which gave him a first-hand account of the difference amongst the two communities.  As I pondered the relationship between these two sides, I came to the realization that the two sides actually intertwine extensively.

  Living in the architecturally diverse location of LA, specifically UCLA, connections between art and science can be seen regularly.  The scientific methods of architectural engineering are combined with an artistic touch to create many of the buildings that UCLA students are more than familiar with  such as Royce, Powell, and Kerckhoff.

After readings Bohm’s work on creativity, and observing the photos of the Hellgate Bridge and Kerckhoff Hall, my perspective of the relationship between Science and Art drastically changed.  Bohm mentions how the creativity of scientists and authors are peculiarly similar in that both are trying express and validate their own original ideas.  By adopting this creative perspective, I can further my skills as a student.  It will force me to see the world in a different way by  not favoring either science in art in my thinking.

-Brian Sussex

Works Cited: 

Bohm, David, and Lee Nichol. On Creativity. London: Routledge, 1998. Print.

Bulte, Bryan. The Art+ Science of Negotiating. 2014. N.p.

Kleipas, AJ. Hellgate Bridge. 2001. Brooklyn, NY.

Snow, C. P. The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Wilson, Jonathan. Kerckhoff. 2010. Jawsnap Photo, Los Angeles.

1 comment:

  1. I came to the same conclusion that you have about the two cultures. When thinking about the many ways that art and technology exist in the world, each has an element of the other. Your example of architecture is a great, both structural engineering and an artistic touch is needed to make any building, monument, bridge, etc. what it is. It is true that both sides are trying to create something that they have come up with, so it really shows how the two cultures are becoming more and more intertwined.