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Bridging art and science through the ages, by Gail Cowan

We don't normally think about it this way, but artists and scientists have a lot in common.

Both artists and scientists focus on how we view the nature of reality. Both are committed to uncovering that which is hidden from our view.

Artists, like scientists, study the world around them — materials, people, culture, history, religion, mythology — and seek to transform that information into something else.

And scientists and artists, each in their own way, investigate their worlds, formulate theories about what's possible and then test out those theories, bringing action to notion, idea and concept: one in the studio; the other in the laboratory.

History is filled with creators whose work spans both art and science, and this album is dedicated to the artistry in our science.