Dr Reichelt-Brushett says dipping into the arts could offer the different perspective needed for intuitive leaps needed to pose questions for science to answer. This piece: Waterwings (recycled pine), by Sherrie Knip.
Dr Reichelt-Brushett says dipping into the arts could offer the different perspective needed for intuitive leaps needed to pose questions for science to answer. This piece: Waterwings (recycled pine), by Sherrie Knip.

Science-art link proffers ideas

INTERFACING science with art could help improve the way scientists communicate with the community and help give them better ideas, a forum on environmental science at Southern Cross University has been told.

Addressing the forum, scientist and artist Dr Amanda Reichelt-Brushett said art offered scientists new angles of thought that could lead to a precious “eureka!” moment.

Dr Reichelt-Brushett’s presentation was made under a display of a quote from physics giant Albert Einstein: “We won’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

Speaking after her presentation, Dr Reichelt-Brushett said the rigorous thought processes used in science remained essential.

However, dipping into the arts could offer the different perspective needed for intuitive leaps needed to pose questions for science to answer.

At the same time, the media of art also offered ways for scientists to more clearly communicate their own ideas.

Dr Reichelt-Brushett, an expert in environmental chemistry, said she was currently working on a project that called on scientists to supply a representation of an element on the periodic table, which would ultimately become its own art installation.



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