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my friend, mr. taco

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The art of science

Daniel Hussey

The hallmark of a great artist is not only skill, but by the ability to create something new and original.  In this regard, scientists are artists.   They express themselves through discovery, often using technology as their medium.

Salvador Dali reached greatness through his unparalleled ability to pin down the intangible.  Frozen on canvas are illustrations of dreamscapes and otherworldly scenes that could only have existed in his mind.  Because of his creativity and originality, Dali is championed as vanguard of an entire artistic movement.  Surely his artistic innovations and contributions towards creating surrealism are what cemented his status as one of history’s greatest artists.  However, it must be appreciated that Dali’s considerable skill is what allowed him to be able to execute these expressions of his creativity.  His earlier works highlight masterful line drawing skill and hand control.  The surreal works would not be nearly vivid without his ability to harness realist techniques.

This combination is skill, creativity and dedication to a craft is exactly what propels great scientists to achieve their masterpiece discoveries.  Einstein’s expertise in mathematics allowed for him to express the results of his thought experiments.  The pure creativity in these thought experiments allowed Einstein to brilliantly predict the movements of sub-atomic particles and stars in ways that instrumentation is just now barely catching up with.  His theories wildly advanced the understanding of our physical world and formed the basis for inventions that are integral in our everyday life.

Science is an art, and technology is the most prevalent media of modern times.  Visual art leaped past realism through masters skilled in expressing inventions of the imagination.   In the same way, we have entered the digital age which is shaped by technologies born from masterpieces expressed in code and mathematical theory.  Regardless of the media, the ability to express ideas that are new and original is what makes an artist great.

Published in: on February 11, 2013 at 5:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Catch A Fire

 To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, if I light your candle with mine, my flame gets no weaker.  Sharing and spreading ideas makes them stronger.  It is accepted that none of the concepts in this blog are fundamentally original.  However, anyone who writes, reads or thinks about these concepts experiences them from a purely unique and original perspective, that is their own.  After all, art is a progression.  Originality is an intangible fleeting notion; to be grasped it must be reproduced, then it is lost.oduced, then it is lost.

Published in: on July 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Great American Novel

Gatsby or Augie?  Many litterati say its Augie Marsh; ask the masses its the Great Gatsby.  Its both.  An underdog choice and predecessor to these two comes from Thomas Wolfe.  The key factor is that the words, the characters, the stories in these novels rings so true that it evokes the feelings of lives lived and taps into the subconscious of human nature.  Each of these books does so by detailing one’s journey through a generation; Gatsby, the Jazz age, Augie the 20s; Look Homeward Angel, the reconstruction.  Each masterpiece details scenes and crafts characters in an impossible way that captures a feeling of family, true conflict, and personal growth.  That is why all of these deserve the designation of The Great American Novel.  As this country evolves its collective spirit shape shifts to reflect the times.  These great novels capture this spirit far better than journalistic accounts of events passed.  The difference is analogous to visiting a place and watching a documentary.  The difference is the human element.  A complete literary experience would include a defining book for each era.

Published in: on July 11, 2011 at 7:55 pm  Comments (1)