The Art of Science and the Science of Art

By Haley Horton

We live in a culture that stereotypes students by majors and categorizes people into comfortable bubbles of left-brain or right-brain. But what if it was not so black and white?

The worlds of science and art collide in wonder, discovery, and self-improvement. As a woman with interests in both disciplines, I decided to make a drawing to illustrate the similarities between the journeys both the artist and the scientist must take…


“All good science is art. And all good art is science.” ~ John Fowles. They both begin with a spark, an idea, some kind of inspiration that awes the soul. It’s the question: What if…


Once we’ve tapped into that idea, there’s no stopping the energy bursting from the artist and the scientist. “The most beautiful experience we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” ~ Albert Einstein.


Something always goes wrong. My grandmother was an art teacher, and she used to tell me, “Mess it up, dress it up.” Whether in the studio or a lab, something will not go as planned, and both the artist and the scientist must find a new way to continue.


The artist interprets and expresses the same world that the scientist studies. They both explore and discover. As Leonardo da Vinci, a master of both fields, put it, “Principles for the development of a complete mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses –– especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

Something New

Around every corner of each new discovery is something new we couldn’t imagine.

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