12/10/12 – Alan Lightman and Felice Frankel

Science and art are sometimes held up as opposite and incompatible ways of approaching the world. A similar contrast is presented between logic and imagination, as well as between fact and fiction. However, there are some people who bridge this gap in their own work and, by doing so, show all of us the underlying connections and possibilities between these two realms.

Stemming from a background in both physics and fiction, Alan Lightman spoke with Felice Frankel, science photographer extraordinaire, about both the similarities and the differences in the way that scientists and artists think and approach the world. They discussed the ways in which visual images help scientists think, and the ways in which science can be incorporated into artistic works, such as photographs, novels, and plays.

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