Where no scientist has gone before…the arts

As the first scientist in residence at an art gallery and the first scientist to judge the Man Booker Prize, Dr Daniel Glaser argues scientists and artists are remarkably compatible thinkers.
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Joseph Wright of Derby, An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump Image via Wikimedia

It is now more than 50 years since scientist and novelist C.P. Snow famously divided the thinking world into two cultures of science and humanities, leading to one of the most bitter intellectual battles of the 20th Century.

Dr Daniel Glaser is spearheading a 21st century approach that brings the warring parties together. A neuroscientist who has worked to promote public engagement with science, as well as the inaugural director of the new Science Gallery London, Glaser occupies a unique position in seeing art and science converge. He recognises their starting point as traditional enemies, but suggests that their status quo of opposition need not remain that way.  

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Sarah Ward
About the Author
Sarah Ward is a freelance film critic, arts and culture writer, and film festival organiser. She is the Australia-based critic for Screen International, a film reviewer and writer for ArtsHub, the weekend editor and a senior writer for Concrete Playground, a writer for the Goethe-Institut Australien’s Kino in Oz, and a contributor to SBS, SBS Movies and Flicks Australia. Her work has been published by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Junkee, FilmInk, Birth.Movies.Death, Lumina, Senses of Cinema, Broadsheet, Televised Revolution, Metro Magazine, Screen Education and the World Film Locations book series. She is also the editor of Trespass Magazine, a film and TV critic for ABC radio Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, and has worked with the Brisbane International Film Festival, Queensland Film Festival, Sydney Underground Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival. Follow her on Twitter: @swardplay