How artists contribute to science

by Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology, Michigan State University


Illustration of some of the thinking tools that artists and scientists share, derived from autobiographical material and interviews with highly creative scientists and artists, from the book Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World¹s Most Creative People by Robert and Michèle Root-Bernstein, 1999. Drawing by and courtesy of Robert Root-Bernstein ©

(article has examples of artist /scientific discoveries)

arts and sciences are, indeed, similar enough that the methods of one can usefully be employed to make breakthroughs in the other.


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