A lecture series featuring Dr. Peter Snyder (Professor of Neurology, Alpert Medical School), Dr James Head (Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences), and artist/illustrator David Macaulay (How Things Work). All lectures will begin at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Snyder, Head, Macaulay, and other members of the Brown community.
September 18, 6pm
PERILS presented by Dr. Peter Snyder
The inherent risks of communication complex scientific information through visual means that are also unquestionably artistic. The blur of roles between scientist and artist and the risks of crossing these boundaries.
October 28, 6pm
PITFALLS presented by Dr. James Head
The difficulty of communicating intensely complex information in meaningful ways, and the role of scientist as storyteller. The responsibility of science to translate new knowledge in ways that are both informative and also engaging to the educated lay public.
November 20, 6pm
JOYS presented by David Macaulay
The artist as partner with scientists and engineers to convey intricate and difficult systems and ideas. Synergy between art and science. Sources of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and the explosion of knowledge and invention in our lifetime.