Duke Science & Society's Periodic Tables: Scientific artist or artistic scientist? A tale of two brothers and the deep sea
723 Rigsbee Ave
Durham, NC, 27701
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Scientific artist or artistic scientist? A tale of two brothers and the deep sea
“My brother and I were trained in both the arts and sciences. In the end, we do similar things, but he is called an artist and I am called a scientist. This simple distinction has led to two very different lives, but has also led me to the conclusion, after 25 years as a scientist and 16 as a professor, that what motivates scientists is not so different from what motivates artists. Despite scientists' adherence to a code of objectivity and neutrality, we are – like artists – driven by emotions, mystery, awe, and the need to make a story of the world around us. This talk first describes the crooked path that took me from science to art and then back to science. Then, using photographs of deep-sea animals, it tells stories of the lives of animals thousands of feet below the surface."
Dr. Sönke Johnsen is Professor in Duke’s Department of Biology. He studies the sensory biology—color, light and vision—of deep sea creatures.
Periodic Tables is an informal science gathering during which invited speakers share interesting, relevant science to the general public in an engaging and interactive way. See this page for information about the program.
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