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Today's Big Idea: Connectivity

The Big Idea for Friday, April 27, 2012

Is science beautiful? Can art be trusted? And why do we divide ourselves into math/science or humanities types?

Every field has its own rules, but art and science are above all both means of grasping the unknown. Today we're looking at the connections, both theoretical and practical, between the disciplines. "This is the world that we live in," says Adam Bly, Founder and Editor in Chief of SEED magazine. "We find ourselves in a situation as interesting as the Renaissance, when centuries ago these forces were at play. We feel an energy in the coming together of the arts and the scientists which is fresh and both practical and philosophically satisfying."


  1. 1 The Beautiful Universe: A Convergence of Art and Science
    Megan Erickson Think Tank
  2. 2 What Science Can Learn from the Arts: Data, Visualization, Design
    Adam Bly
  3. 3 Richard Dawkins on Why Science is Art
    Richard Dawkins
  4. 4 Lisa Randall: What Can Science Learn from the Arts?
    Lisa Randall

Today's Big Idea: Connectivity

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