Artists on science: scientists on art

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Greater specialization means the culture gap between art and science has perhaps never been so extreme. It is hard to find today a true artist—scientist like Leonardo da Vinci, who is as noted for his science and engineering skills as his Mona Lisa and Last Supper. There is just too much to know. But recently there has been an increasing awareness on the part of some artists of the heritage of scientists and vice versa. This supplement aims to reflect, and place in context, some of this awareness.


Artists on science

Fiction informed by science

A.S. Byatt's encounters with science shape the story and characters in her four-part series of novels.

Nature 434, 294–297 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434294a

Poetry and science: greatness in little

Peter Forbes explores how poetry and science can mutually inspire.

Nature 434, 320–323 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434320a

Science in literature

Simon Mawer, novelist

Nature 434, 299–300 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434299a

Experimental physics, experimental art

Ken McMullen, artist and film-maker

Nature 434, 310–311 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434310a

The evolution of sensibility

Roger Reynolds, composer

Nature 434, 316–319 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434316a

A tale of two loves

Alan Lightman, novelist

Nature 434, 299–300 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434299a

From science in art to the art of science

Martin Kemp, art historian

Nature 434, 308–309 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434308a


Scientists on art

The artist as a neuroscientist

Artistic licence taps into the simplified physics used by our brain to recognize everyday scenes, says Patrick Cavanagh.

Nature 434, 301–307 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434301a

Music, the food of neuroscience?

Playing, listening to and creating music involves practically every cognitive function. Robert Zatorre explains how music can teach us about speech, brain plasticity and even the origins of emotion.

Nature 434, 312–315 (17 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434312a

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