When we think art and science, we might not immediately see a correlation between those two. Art – so creative and imaginative. Science – so technical and based on formulas and notations. And yet, having a closer look and diving into the matter, it becomes clear quickly that art and science are, in fact, more interconnected than initially thought possible.

In our human effort to understand our environment, we find ways to express our thoughts and ideas and create attempts to make sense of the world around us. Therefore, the boundaries between art and science are blurred, for, in short, they are both ways to portray and explain the world we live in.

Conveying a View on the World

Art – creative expression and artistic purpose – has been around for at least 40,000 years, if not longer. As a visual language, artistic depictions aim to bring across ideas in an abstract or concrete way. As a shared language without words, forms of art have been showing us familiar things from a new perspective.

Red Cube
Red Cube – every artistic installation is built on a scientific skill – New York, USA

Scientists, in their experimental approach, are artists; artists, in their precision, are scientists. Let’s have a closer look at the Red Cube that is portrayed. It is a good example of how both scientific and artistic elements come together. Behind it was a vision, a creative at work who had an idea that he or she now wants to convey artistically. But, since it’s an installation, architects – as the science part – with their mathematical skills are inevitable as they ensure that the cube is set in place.

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form – Albert Einstein

Sharing a World View

Both artists and scientists oftentimes need new technologies and concepts, as well as methods, to reach their goals. That is, to share their view on the world; it’s their shared intent. Therefore, for both of them it’s the question of how they go about it. This question of how contains aspects of creativity, whereas the actual execution includes scientific approaches.

Art and Science have their meeting point in method – Earl E. G. Bulwer Lytton

For both of them, the question is how they bring across the message of what they have discovered or want people to know. Science might do this with logically structured reports, whereas artists use mostly visual means to get in touch with their audience. But, here, art and science come together, because even the spoken and especially the written word are a form of art that science uses to communicate their insights.

The Science of Art and Art of Science

While art might represent a certain perspective in a subjective, aesthetic manner, science aims at expressing objective knowledge. However, as mentioned above, there are crucial similarities. Furthermore, art tugs at people‘s heartstrings; it can evoke emotions and oftentimes leave room for individual interpretation despite the artist‘s intended message.

School of Rock
School of Rock – artistically created musical that integrates a scientific element, namely the frequency of vibration making music sound – London, England

School of Rock – the musical. It’s creative, it brings across a certain idea that is executed artistically. Where, now, lies the scientific element? The music. The sound. Because the frequency of the vibration is what creates sound – and that, then, is used in different patterns and rhythms to evoke emotions and create scenes.

It’s obvious that art and science are not two separate concepts but, in fact, inseparable in many aspects. They might be two different ways of trying to explain a vision, something new, for newness is another important element of both art and science. This is because artists have novice views on the world; scientists make ground-breaking discoveries.

Every science touches art at some points – every art has its scientific side – Armand Trousseau

Nevertheless, both need to communicate this newness. If they fail to do so, their work is not having the impact they wish for. Scientists sometimes have problems with gaining new insight, while artists struggle with bringing their new views across accordingly.

The science of art and the art of science: while the former describes the tools and techniques used to perform art, the latter entails the partially creative and innovative thinking needed in the field of science.

And what both do is inspire – whether the focus be creativity or logic.