A blogging friend, Colleen, sent me a link to this enjoyable and interesting TED talk:
Most readers of this blog wouldn’t find it hard to guess that I think that funding for the arts is important. My interest in science is more disguised. Science-related topics don’t appear on my blog very often because I consider this to be an “arts and crafts” blog. I can only think of two posts – here and here – where I deal with any kind of overlap between art and science. There is a beauty to mathematics that I’ve wanted to make visible to non-mathematicians for a long time but have never found a satisfactory way of doing so. I think it’s wonderful that scientists are finding artistic ways to get their message across. However, as I think Bohannon is trying to suggest at the end of the video, maybe we should just enjoy the arts for their inherent qualities. Surely that is better than trying to justify their existence by mashing them into the service of science?
By the way, if you want to see a lighter side to mathematics, but also learn something, then try clicking here.