Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Beautiful Relationship of the Art and Science

Albert Einstien on Arts and Science
While proofing a research paper, I realized the beauty of the language used by the researcher, as he is sort of literati. It could be possible, the person who has drafted the research paper, has a keen understanding of the language. But this is not a case with single research paper; it is almost same with every quality research paper I have proofed till now. And it is not with writing, when you look at research work, it is some sort of art that a man (researcher) has created.

But I have also realized when we usually talk about the art and science. People are almost on either extremity, either they are with the arts or they are professing with science, not realizing that both of them are actually two sides of the same coin.

Issac Asimov, one of the big three science fiction writers and also professor of Biochemistry at Boston University, in his book The Roving Mind writes about the true relationship of arts and science,

How often people speak of art and science as though they were two entirely different things, with no interconnection. An artist is emotional, they think, and uses only his intuition; he sees all at once and has no need of reason. A scientist is cold, they think, and uses only his reason; he argues carefully step by step, and needs no imagination. That is all wrong. The true artist is quite rational as well as imaginative and knows what he is doing; if he does not, his art suffers. The true scientist is quite imaginative as well as rational, and sometimes leaps to solutions where reason can follow only slowly; if he does not, his science suffers.

It is not only Asimov, who has talked about this beautiful relationship of arts and science, Einstein in one of his arguments said,

All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.

I believe, it is time to stop arguing about which one is better, art or science because both of them are same in some or other way. Or one can say, it is when art inspires, science innovates and when science innovates, it inspires the art.

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