Painting and the Scientific Method

10/20/10
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Bevil Conway

Bevil Conway, originally from Zimbabwe, is an artist and neuroscientist who researches the neural basis for visual behavior, with a focus on color vision, and investigates the relationship between visual processing and visual art.

In high school, most of us learned that the scientific method is a rigid, step-by-step process. In practice, successful science is often conducted loosely, nonlinearly, and with an occasional breaking of the rules. Every stage of the process requires creativity and passion, with the need to connect seemingly disparate ideas. This has much in common with what we might call the “artistic method.” Neuroscientist and painter Bevil Conway speaks about the relationship between science and art.