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Art vs. Science - progress report on E=mcpoppycock
- SlingShot 09/08/05

Those who say art is not a science, do not understand art.
        Those who say science is not an art, do not understand science.
- Bob Fugett


Mary finished Bodanis, 2000 yesterday and is ready to have it passed on to Paul. Today Mary points out her note re: speed in Bodanis:

Bodanis, 2000, p. 257, discussion re: speed increases necessitate a logarithmic increase in effort, and Mary always describes her larger paintings as taking an exceptional increase in effort. The section from Bodanis follows:

Athletes perform these complex calculations all the time. Most schoolchildren can toss a ball at 20 mph, but only a few professional athletes can throw a ball at 100 mph. It's "only" five times as fast, but since energy goes up as the square of the speed (E=mv2), the athlete has to generate 25 times as much energy. What's more she has to do it in only  1/5  the  time. (For if the athlete took exactly as long to move her arm as the child did, the ball would come out at only 20 mph.) To pour out 25 times more energy, in 1/5 the time, means she needs to generate 25 x 5 or 125 times more power! Other effects such as air resistance make it even harder. The one factor that does help an adult athlete is having a longer lever arm than a child.

Then Mary points out a statement in the same re: art vs. science:

Bodanis, 2000, p. 297, 

Great artists and composers often do their top work as they get old, but scientists don't. Partly this could be because it's intellectually too difficult to hold complex ideas in one's head.

To which .BF points to his own note re: art vs. science in Feynman, 1995:

p. 47, sideways acknowledgement that art is often considered secondary in rigor to science,

We must, incidentally, make it clear from the beginning that if a thing is not a science, it is not necessarily bad. For example, love is not a science. So, if something is said not to be a science, it does not mean that there is something wrong with it; it just means that it is not a science.

Bob's Note: Those who say art is not a science, do not understand art. Those who say science is not an art, do not understand science.

This causes .BF to add his note as a heading statement to the test page which uses the new Sql images interface, the output of which illustrates his point very well.



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  2. Andrew, Paul, et al. "Presenting Windows Workflow Foundation: Beta Edition". Indianapolis: SAMS, 2006. ISBN: 0-672-32848-8
  3. Bodanis, David. "E=Mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation". New York: Berkley Books, 2000. ISBN: 0-425-18164-2
  4. Feynman, Richard P. "Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher". New York: Basic Books, 1995. ISBN: 0-465-02392-4











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