TED Talk transcript – X

Hello I’m Austin and today I will be talking about the connection between art and science. Most people in today’s society assume that art and science are two separate things and that there is no possible way for them to combine to make one thing. Basically in their minds something is either art or science, not a combination of both. I believe that art and science go together in a way, but they are not the same things. So a thing, anything, is created and composed of elements of art and science. In this manner nothing is truly pure science, but then again nothing is truly pure art. Things are a combination of both things in which the components of each come together to create something beautiful. After hearing this you may initially think, “well then what thing is out there that shares common ground with both elements?”. And I answer you with this that there is no physical common ground, but rather a place where concepts from each design touch and interact. This place is the metaphorical common ground and this is where things are thought of and created. Through this way art not only can inspire science, but rather actually creates scientific discoveries. This occurs from people and scientists looking at and approaching things from a different perspective. An example of these types of discoveries appears in the modern atomic model and how chemists view the atom today.  The old atomic model showed the atom as a solid nuclei with solid electrons orbiting around the nucleus on predetermined paths. This concept of course would mean that a person could theoretically determine the position and speed of an electron at any given time. This was not the case as the scientists couldn’t determine the position of the particles, and this baffled them. So it went on for years that this went on, but nobody could figure out why or how the atom actually looked. Then one day a scientist was looking at a piece of cubist art. He was intrigued at the complexity of the work and how abnormal it was. This then inspired him to look at his work very differently and take a step back and look at what he had been researching from a different perspective. He then came up with a new ideal and model for the atom that no one thought of. One reason why no one thought of it was because it was so wacky and weird that almost nobody could’ve thought of something like it. He determined that the new model of the atom should be that of a cloud where the electron could be, but couldn’t have a definite position. This fixed the problem. It provided a model that was practical and gave where the electrons could be found. This major scientific breakthrough was inspired by art. It seems that no one can know or predict how inspiration occurs or tell when it’ll happen, but I guess that’s the beauty of it. Inspiration cannot be forced. It just happens, spontaneously. And through inspiration comes discoveries and creations. Discoveries in science and artistic creations. So there it is. Through the evidence of inspiration we have proven that science and art are inevitably linked. On the surface there may be nothing in common between the two things, but if you look deeper into scientific discoveries and what spurred them on… we see the eternal link between the concepts of art and the concepts of science.


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