Astronomy and Art: Universal Appeal?
Professor Andrew Newsam Astrophysics Research Institute, John Moores University
For centuries science and art went hand-in-hand, but more recently they seem to have diverged into two distinct "cultures". However, they still have much to gain from each other and in this talk Andy will describe some forays by an astronomer into the world of art to try to explore challenging concepts with unsuspecting audiences. From computer music to dance, theatre to gardening shows, and exploring science from gravity and the nature of Dark Matter, to the physics of breakfast, we will see some ways in which art and science can work together, and also perhaps ask whether the two cultures are really as different as they might at first seem.