Turn STEM to STEAM: Why Science Needs the Arts

The Huffington Post – Stephen Beal

Last month my institution, California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, selected scientist Amory Lovins to deliver the commencement speech and to receive an honorary doctorate. I’m sure many people in the audience were wondering why CCA, a school of the arts, chose a scientist for this honor. What could a world-renowned physicist say that would resonate with a group of artists, architects, designers, curators, and writers? Plenty, as we all found out.

Artists and Scientists: A Cultural Divide?

On the face of it, physicists and artists don’t seem to have much in common. The raw materials couldn’t appear to be more different. Artists often deal in imagery, metaphor, illusions, shifting perceptions, and emotions. Scientists employ numbers, equations, and data. Read More