You might not know it from reading this blog, but I’m very intrigued in the overlap of science and arts. While on the surface they seem to be completely unrelated, in practice logic and creativity tend to combine together in both areas. In my mind, Einstein’s theories are artistic just like Picasso’s paintings are scientific. Neither are about randomly creating something out of intuition, nor are they solely focused on following an algorithm to success.
It’s why I love web media. Designing and developing a web-site (or crafting copy, or implementing SEO, etc.) requires creativity and logic. Principles like the Golden Ratio and the Mandelbrot set show that it isn’t a coincidence, but that nature is a mix of art and science and that the two fields are a lot more related than they appear.
In this video, Music is Math, Glenn Marshall uses a processing program to automatically interpret notes from Boards of Canada song and translate them into animated visual effects that are gorgeous and flow with the song. It’s a perfect example of something that many people consider an art form, but is heavily reliant on math at its core. So, the question becomes, should we start viewing rock stars as math geeks and math geeks as rock stars?