I’m a man of two worlds. I’m at home onstage in a musical, sketching in an art class, or out in the woods collecting wasps. For years I saw this as a problem. I thought I was too much of a scientist for art and too much of an artist for science. What is an … Continue reading Why Blog about Science and Art?
In conjunction with my blogging, I’ve taken to Twitter over the past few months. I’m not devoting too much energy to it, but it’s a nice exercise in social media skills, which seem to have become essential in the modern work world. The other nice thing about Twitter is that it is a science communication … Continue reading Some Frustrating Tweets
Today's post is a special one. For the first time EVER on Artful Scientist, I am featuring a GUEST BLOGGER. the following was written by Danny Ward, a PhD researcher at the John Innes Centre/University of East Anglia in Norwich. His research focuses on human and bacterial pathogens. He is also an aspiring science writer … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: The Art of Scientific Figures
“For many centuries, both in antiquity and again in early modern Europe, painting was regarded as the cumulative discipline. During those years the artist’s goal was assumed to be representation. Critics and historians, like Pliny and Vasari, then recorded with veneration the series of inventions from foreshortening through chiaroscuro that had made possible successively more … Continue reading Thomas Kuhn and the Art Science Paradigm
My last "Science of Paint" post was on acrylic paint and its environmental impact. In that post, I promised to later write something about the environmental pros and cons of oil paint. And here I am! One major plus side to oil paint from an environmental standpoint is that much of the paint is made … Continue reading The Science of Painting: Oil Paint and the Environment
As one might surmise from the way I’ve titled this post, I am very excited about today’s topic! Yesterday I had the privilege to hear my work read by a professional for a very first time as part of the Traverse Theatre’s Young Writers Scratch Night. For ten weeks I’ve attended weekly workshops with various … Continue reading Science Theatre Scratch Night TWO: This Time it’s Personal!
This week I am a bit behind because of NON-BLOG writing (very exciting stuff. Full details next week). So I’ll use my blog post today to write briefly about somebody else whose work inspires me, rather than making something content heavy myself. 3blue1brown is one of my favorite YouTubers. His videos take a different approach … Continue reading SciArt on YouTube: 3blue1brown
Jules Verne was the first “classic” (AKA old) author I fell in love with. I read the Great Illustrated Classics edition of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as a child and was thrilled by the adventures of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus. That edition was highly simplified of course, which is something I love about … Continue reading SciArtist Profile: Jules Verne
I think this is perhaps the first time in Artful Scientist history I have failed to publish on a Tuesday. Shame on me! No excuses! We shall see if today's post is any good given that I am SCRAMBLING to write it. In positive news, one of my favorite art/science hobbies is becoming possible again: … Continue reading Back to Bugs!
It’s been a wild few weeks. I’ve barely been able to crank out weekly blog posts on top of everything else going on. While I look forward to creating some less-rushed content as we move into May, here’s one more week of scrambling to post. When I was hired to be a science communicator, I … Continue reading Reflections from Edinburgh Science Festival
Had the privilege of attending a fabulous event as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival (which, SURPRISE, I am also working for. See my badge below!): Science Theatre Scratch Night. I found it illuminating and inspiring. The evening consisted of six short performances about science across a range of theatrical styles. There were monologues, short … Continue reading Science Theatre Scratch Night