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4th International Symposium of

Science & Art

June 10-12, 2005
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Hyatt Regency Hotel
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Keynote Speakers:

Rob Fisher
Peter Galison
Peter Deuflhard
Michael Norman
Keith Brown

Invited Speakers:

Nadia Gyr
Chris Landreth
Hilary Shames
June Wayne
Jean-Marc Chomaz
Jean-Francois Colonna
Mory Gharib
Jean R. Hertzberg
p.Rona & K.Bemis

Norman J.Zabusky


From ScArt Abstracts
Norman J.Zabusky, Director & Organizer

….Scientists try to discover the physical laws or principles that govern the natural world as we observe it or as it impacts us. The engineer and designer applies the basic concepts of science in order to develop objects and networks, one hopes to improve the quality of life. In both cases mathematical models are constructed and solved analytically or more frequently with computers. Then with visual images from simulations and verbal interpretations one elucidates the observed phenomena. The justification of the models adequacy is that it works.

On the other side of the creative spectrum we have the humanities, including the visual arts which are represented at this meeting. The creative humanities are not based on mathematics and seek to understand and represent the more difficult sentient. Religious, cultural, psychological and communication aspects of the human condition. Just as photography provided a new medium for creative expression in the visual arts, so the computer is beginning to provide new formats and procedures.

The dialog between these two cultures has been minimal. In part, it is due to a lack of personal motivation, talent, training, language and respect for respective working modes. Some of my encounters include:
• C.P. Snow (1905-1980). The English molecular physicist, university administrator and novelist;
• The prolific nine year correspondence of the early 60’s between Americans David Bohm (1917-1992), theoretical physicist, and Charles Biederman (1906-2004). Visual artist and author;
• Richard Feynman (1918-1988). An influential American theoretical physicist and curious character also had a dialog with an artist Ralph Leighton.
My greatest find is the interaction between the Austrians ‘theoretical physicist Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) and the psychiatrist Carl Jung (1975-1961). In a joint volume, Pauli wrote,”…What is the nature of the bridge between the sense perception and concepts? The process of understanding nature well as the happiness that man (women) feels….In the conscious realization of new knowledge, seems thus to be based on correspondence, a “matching” of inner images with external objects and their behavior….images with strong emotional content, not thought out, but beheld, as it were, while being painted….As ordering operators and image formers in the world of symbolic images, the archetypes for “primordial Images” of Jung thus function as the sought for bridge…” These words resonate deeply for me.

It is my hope that this symposium will begin to provide a modern and constructive language, harmonies and shared interests between scientists, technologists and artists.

, June 1, 2005, New Brunswick, NJ