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Painting and the Scientific Method

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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.

Recorded June 2010; Posted October 2010

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