Response to 3.4 by Margaret Wertheim

Margaret Wertheim / As someone who trained in physics and mathematics and now works as an artist and a science writer I find that there’s a fair bit of confusion in the arts-practice sphere about what scientific research is, which is creating angst around the idea of what “research” might mean for arts practice. Let me begin with an anecdote:

The other day I was speaking with an artist I respect about mathematics and I mentioned that when getting a PhD in math you have to come up with new equations. He was rather surprised and didn’t understand that new equations are the sine qua non of math research. Equally, in theoretical physics you are expected to come up with new equations to get your research published. There isn’t really an equivalent in art practice because the “validity” of equations is judged by pretty narrow parameters.  I want to dispel … Continue reading