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Four Ways Of Seeing: Art Looks At Science, And Vice Versa, Peter Adams Jun 2008

Four Ways Of Seeing: Art Looks At Science, And Vice Versa, Peter Adams

Peter C.S. Adams

From the mythmaking of primitive cave painters and the rigorous observations of Renaissance painters sprang the two great ways of seeing the world: science and art. Until modern times, the two were often at odds, as each felt the other was trying to stifle it and dominate the conversation. But as the left and right hemispheres of the brain represent rationality and creativity and cannot function normally without massive interconnectedness, so can science and art only give us a complete picture of our world by working together. This paper will explore various ways in which science and art have interacted.