Earth without art is just “eh”

Does art enhance the scientific message and attract and engage more interaction? Can art excite and interest people in science? Does science need the help of art or is research alone better to focus on? These are some of the questions that were answered during the LIYSF debate “when art meets science”. Tom Tsuchiya, a sculptor from Cincinnati in the United States of America, lead the arguments that creative art forms are needed in the science industry. Hattie Jones, a former LIYSF participant and staff member, lead the arguments that science can exist on its own and doesn't need help from art.

Tom and Hattie began the debate with opening statements arguing each side, before the floor was opened for LIYSF participants to have their input in the debate. It became clear as the student presented their opinions, that the majority of the participants were on the same side as Tom, and they believe that art is indeed vital for the science industry.

Some of the arguments made by students are summarised below:

  • Vincent from China argued that “we need to realise how multi faceted art and science are, Everyone has a different definition of art and science, so in order to have a fair debate about this issue, we need a clear definition of both art and science.”
  • “Science is essential to art, but art is also essential to science” was the argument made by Georgia from Cyprus.
  • Noga, a student from the Netherlands, believes that “art brings a different level of creativity to your mind. Art and science are very similar in many ways, as they are both aiming to create something from an idea.

The debate concluded with the comment that “science can be understood at our own pace if the use of art is applied to how the information is communicated.”

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