Science in Culture

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Science in Culture discusses the works of art which has been directly or indirectly, consciously or unconsciously, inspired by science. Not restricted to the visual arts, the articles cover all artistic endeavour, from music and dance to cinema and theatre.


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Science in Culture: Beijing bubbles

The Olympic Aquatic Centre will be housed in a giant block of foam.
Philip Ball

Nature 448, 256 (19 July 2007) doi:10.1038/448256a

Science in culture: The clever cone

A new planetarium for the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
Martin Kemp

Nature 447, 1058 (28 June 2007) doi:10.1038/4471058a

Science in culture: The obscure clarity of starlight

Anselm Kiefer builds monumental souvenirs of the night sky.
Pete Jeffs

Nature 447, 779 (13 June 2007) doi:10.1038/447779a

Science in culture: Surrealism bites back

Sink your teeth into Jean Painlevé's nature films at an exhibition in London.
Martin Kemp

Nature 447, 382 (24 May 2007) doi:10.1038/447382a

Science in culture: Hidden talent

An exhibition in London explores the art of blending into the background.
David M. Wilkinson

Nature 447, 148 (10 May 2007) doi:10.1038/447148a

Science in culture: A sense of proportion

A painting of Federico Zuccari, the founder of the academy of arts in Rome, clearly demonstrates his credentials in geometry.
Martin Kemp

Nature 446, 482 (26 April 2007) doi:10.1038/446982a

Science in culture: Gene expression

Sarah Jacobs mutates genetic information into art.
Martin Kemp

Nature 446, 496 (29 March 2007) doi:10.1038/446496a

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Lucia Covi uses modern microscopy to highlight the world at the nanoscale.
Martin Kemp

Nature 445, 714 (15 February 2007) doi:10.1038/445714a

Science in Culture: Chart toppers

An exhibition explores the diverse ways of putting data on the map.
Martin Kemp

Nature 445, 368 (25 January 2007) doi:10.1038/445368a

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Vija Celmins' graphite and charcoal drawings are inspired by the natural world.
Colin Martin

Nature 445, 264 (18 January 2007) doi:10.1038/445264a

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The snowflake man
Martin Kemp

Nature 444, 1008 (21/28 December 2006) doi:10.1038/4441008a

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Reaching for the stars
Martin Kemp

Nature 444, 550 (30 November 2006) doi:10.1038/444550a

Science in Culture: Burning Bush

An exhibition in Australia highlights the country's bushfires.
Colin Martin

Nature 444, 426 (23 November 2006) doi:10.1038/444426a

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Artists reveal a variety of responses to the contents of a natural-history museum.
Philip Campbell

Nature 444, 274 (16 November 2006) doi:10.1038/444274a

Science in Culture: Creativity on the wings of a dove

Violet Fire, an opera about the life of physicist Nikola Tesla, fails to spark.
Horace Freeland Judson

Nature 444, 40 (2 November 2006) doi:10.1038/444040a

Science in Culture: Pictures from the edge of darkness

Eight photographers enter the twilight zone.
Colin Martin

Nature 443, 756 (19 October 2006) doi:10.1038/443756a

Science in culture: A modern megalith

Mariko Mori's glass sculpture responds to the death of stars.
Martin Kemp

Nature 443, 636 (12 October 2006) doi:10.1038/443636a

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A series of exhibitions across Europe show how Leonardo da Vinci linked art and science.
Stefano Grillo

Nature 443, 510 (5 October 2006) doi:10.1038/443510a

Science in culture: A miracle in sight

Adam Elsheimer painted the starry heavens in 1609.
Martin Kemp

Nature 442, 276 (21 September 2006) doi:10.1038/443276a

Science in culture:

PowerPoint presentations and the culture of pitch.
Martin Kemp

Nature 442, 140 (13 July 2006) doi:10.1038/442140a

Science in culture:

A sculptural approach to the heart.
Philip J. Kilner

Nature 442, 29 (6 July 2006) doi:10.1038/442029a

Science in culture: Home from home

History is brought to life at Benjamin Franklin's house in London.
Colin Martin

Nature 441, 816 (15 June 2006) doi:10.1038/441816a

Science in culture: Artists on a mission

An exhibition in London reflects on the dangers of climate change.
Colin Martin

Nature 441, 578 (1 June 2006) doi:10.1038/441578a

Science in culture: Form becomes feeling

Siobhan Davies looks to science to shape her dance.
Martin Kemp

Nature 441, 410 (25 May 2006) doi:10.1038/441410a

Science in culture: A sense of civic beauty

A Renaissance painting from Urbino reveals the ideal city.
Martin Kemp

Nature 441, 30 (4 May 2006) doi:10.1038/441030a

Science in culture: The zenith of Islamic science

An exhibition in Britain explores a rich scientific heritage.
Philip Ball

Nature 440, 997 (20 April 2006) doi:10.1038/440997a

Science in culture: Eggs and exegesis

Putting the 'history' back into natural history.
Martin Kemp

Nature 440, 872 (13 April 2006) doi:10.1038/440872a

Science in culture: High impact

From protons to galaxies, Cosmic Collisions shows us what happens when things go bump.
Michael Hopkin

Nature 440, 746 (6 April 2006) doi:10.1038/440746a

Science in culture: Porcelain perception

Not everything is as it seems in the ceramics of Pauline Wiertz.
Colin Martin

Nature 440, 424 (23 March 2006) doi:10.1038/440424a

Science in culture: A bigger picture of apes

The recent King Kong film highlights how our perceptions of gorillas have changed.
Janet Browne

Nature 439, 142 (12 January 2006) doi:10.1038/439142a

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A nativity scene painted by Hugo van der Goes bears a medical message.
Martin Kemp reviews

Nature 438, 1084 (22/29 December 2005) doi:10.1038/4381084a

Science in culture: Dying for a drink

Evolution goes backwards in the latest Guinness advertisement.
Martin Kemp

Nature 438, 564 (1 December 2005)doi:10.1038/438564a

Science in culture: Monkey business

Charles Darwin changed the way animals were viewed in art.
Colin Martin

Nature 438, 289 (17 November 2005) doi:10.1038/438289a

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William Hunter at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Martin Kemp

Nature 437, 482 (22 September 2005) doi:10.1038/437482a

Science in culture: Surface tensions

A reinterpretation, using damaged photographs, of a failed attempt to fly to the North Pole.
Colin Martin

Nature 436, 629 (4 August 2005) doi:10.1038/436332a

Science in culture: A trick of the tiles

Penrose tiling is realized on a huge scale in Perth to give a perceptual feast for the eyes.
Martin Kemp

Nature 436, 332 (21 July 2005) doi:10.1038/436332a

Science in culture: The music of life

Composer Thilo Krigar seeks to represent the flow of genetic information.
Juliane M�ssinger

Nature 435, 280 (19 May 2005) doi:10.1038/435280a

Science in culture: Womb with a view?

All is not as it seems in a television programme on the life of a fetus.
Martin Kemp

Nature 435, 147 (12 May 2005) doi:10.1038/435147a

Science in culture: Polluting utopia

The idyllic reputation of a lost island community may not be wholly deserved.
Andy Meharg reviews

Nature 434, 959 (21 April 2005) doi:10.1038/434959a

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Thomas Heatherwick's sculpture for the Wellcome Trust's new building in London.
Martin Kemp reviews

Nature 434, 565 (31 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434565a

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The artist Joseph Beuys tried to lead his followers into a promised land of transformative imagination.
Martin Kemp reviews

Nature 434, 141 (10 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434141a


A medical history

Nature 434, 23 (3 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434023a


Leonardo's legacy

Nature 433, 803 (24 February 2005) doi:10.1038/433803b

Eastern promise

The Queen Anne churches in east London were precisely aligned on an east-west axis.
Heike Langenberg

Nature 433, 687 (17 February 2005) doi:10.1038/433687a

A galaxy of elements

It's still the periodic table — but with a twist.
Martin Kemp

Nature 433, 461 (03 February 2005) doi:10.1038/433461a

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A disputed portrait of Robert Hooke may in fact show a contemporary.
Philip Ball reviews

Nature 433, 197 (20 January 2005) doi:10.1038/433197a

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The origin of the archetypal image of the chemist.
Philip Ball

Nature 433, 17 (6 January 2005) doi:10.1038/433017a

Facial diversity

An exhibition in London features the changing expression and representation of the face.
Jonathan Cole

Nature 432, 20 (4 November 2004) doi:10.1038/432020a

Great, not gruesome

Pat York's photographs of dissected humans represent a fine body of work.
Martin Kemp

Nature 431, 511 (30 September 2004) doi:10.1038/431511a

Dali's immortality of the soul

A documentary film reveals the great surrealist's passion for science.
Alison Abbott

Nature 431, 247 (16 September 2004) doi:10.1038/431247a

A measured approach

Alex Colville's exhaustive search for mathematical probity.
Martin Kemp

Nature 430, 969 (26 August 2004) doi:10.1038/430969a

Shaping up at Olympia

Geometry lies at the heart of sculptures from the Temple of Zeus.
Stefano Grillo

Nature 430, 616 (05 August 2004) doi:10.1038/430616a

A fluid definition of art

Viewing images of liquid crystals as art raises complex questions.
Martin Kemp

Nature 429, 506 (03 June 2004) doi:10.1038/429506a



Exhibition: Art shadowing science

Colin Martin reviews Systema metropolis by Mark Dion

Nature 448, 26 (4 July 2007) doi:10.1038/448026a

Exhibition: A Wellcome addition

Sara Abdulla reviews The Wellcome Collection

Nature 447, 1056 (28 June 2007) doi:10.1038/4471056a

DNA cycle

A gene sequence decorates a new cycle path in Cambridge

Nature 447, 911 (21 June 2007) doi:10.1038/447911a

Film: An unfamiliar face

Emma Marris reviews In Vivid Detail

Nature 447, 263 (17 May 2007) doi:10.1038/447263a

Exhibition: A painful pleasure

Artistic and medical views of pain go on show in Berlin
Stefan Klein

Nature 447, 262 (17 May 2007) doi:10.1038/447262b

Theatre: Here's looking at you

Serendib by David Zellnik

Nature 446, 859 (19 April 2007) doi:10.1038/446859a

Film: Dark days ahead

Richard Webb reviews Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle & Alex Garland

Nature 446, 615 (5 April 2007) doi:10.1038/446615a

Exhibition: For the love of Greece

Carl Rottmann's Hellenic murals are exhibited again in Munich

Nature 445, 882 (22 February 2007) doi:10.1038/445822a

Drifting into art

Nature 445, 487 (1 February 2007) doi:10.1038/445487a

Exhibition: The ballerina within

Laura Spinney reviews Picasso XRAYS

Nature 444, 149 (9 November 2006) doi:10.1038/444149a

Exhibition: Casting a long shadow

Laura Spinney reviews Melancholy: Genius and Insanity in the West.

Nature 439, 21 (5 January 2006) doi:10.1038/439021a

On top of the world

Nature 438, 741 (8 December 2005) doi:10.1038/438741a

Exhibition: A close look at Darwin

Alan Packer reviews Darwin

Nature 438, 741 (8 December 2005) doi:10.1038/438741b

Theatre: Self deception

Lucy Odling-Smee reviews On Ego

Nature 438, 741 (8 December 2005) doi:10.1038/438917a

Installation: Uranium days

Sylvie Coyaud reviews The Children of Uranium

Nature 438, 428 (24 November 2005) doi:10.1038/438428a

Exhibition: In the croak room

Nature 438, 27 (3 November 2005) doi:10.1038/438027b

Theatre: Two exiles

Alan Packer

Nature 437, 1236 (27 October 2005) doi:10.1038/4371236a

Exhibition: Collectors' items

Nature 437, 955 (13 October 2005) doi:10.1038/437955b

Exhibition: Lighting up the background

Nature 437, 817 (6 October 2005) doi:10.1038/437817a

Virtual life

Nature 437, 623 (29 September 2005) doi:10.1038/437623b

Exhibition: Apollo in the lab

Robin Clark reviews

Nature 436, 27 (7 July 2005) doi:10.1038/436027a

Theatre: Artistic differences

Robin Clark reviews

Nature 434, 1071 (28 April 2005) doi:10.1038/4341071a


Passing thoughts
Michael Hopkin

Nature 434, 824 (14 April 2005) doi:10.1038/434824b


Hirst's hobbit
Michael Hopkin

Nature 434, 702 (7 April 05) doi:10.1038/434702b


Waxing and waning
Achim Schneider

Nature 434, 439 (24 March 2005) doi:10.1038/434439a

Museum collection:

A taste of their own medicines

Nature 433, 108 (13 January 2005) doi:10.1038/433108a

Kraftwerk: Electronic evolution

Julianne C. Mossinger & Claudio R. Alonso

Nature 428, 896 (29 April 2004) doi:10.1038/428896a

The sound of extinction

Poets and scientists join forces in the name of conservation.
Peter Bennett

Nature 438, 859 (29 April 2004) doi:10.1038/428895a



Islamic science: Rebuilding the past

Western science owes much to Islam's golden age - a debt that is often forgotten. To help redress the balance, Fuat Sezgin has reconstructed a host of scientific treasures using ancient Arabic texts. Alison Abbott reports.

Nature 432, 794-795 (16 December 2004) doi:10.1038/432794a

Science in the movies: Hollywood or bust

Last month, a handful of scientists who have toyed with the idea of writing for the movies were given a masterclass by Tinseltown's finest. Jonathan Knight joined them.

Nature 430, 720-722 (12 August 2004) doi:10.1038/430720a

Neuroscience: Change of mind

A brain haemorrhage turned an ex-convict into an obsessive artist. Jim Giles meets him and the scientists studying his case.

Nature 430, 14 (01 july 2004) doi:10.1038/430014a

Art conservation: Biology for art's sake

Paintings and other works of art are under attack from insects and fungi. Conventional pesticides don't help - they, too, can damage precious artefacts. Hannah Hoag meets a biologist who is finding gentler alternatives.

Nature 428, 886-887 (29 April 2004) doi:10.1038/428886a

Science at the movies: The fabulous fish guy

Last year's movie smash Finding Nemo impressed many marine biologists with its scientific accuracy. Alison Abbott meets the young expert in fish biomechanics who helped to breathe life into the film's stars.

Nature 427, 672-673 (19 February 2004) doi:10.1038/427672a

Music and Chemistry: Organ failure

Across continental Europe, historical instruments are falling silent, muted by a new and mysterious form of corrosion. Tom Clarke speaks to the chemical detectives who are striving to protect our musical heritage.

Nature 427, 8-9 (01 January 2004) doi:10.1038/427008a

Video violence: Playing with fire?

The latest computer games involve pretty gruesome scenes - severed limbs and drive-by shootings are standard fare. But opinion is divided on whether such games spark real-life violence. Tony Reichhardt investigates.

Nature 424, 367-368 (24 July 2003) doi:10.1038/424367a