In this post, we’ll unpack all you need to know about science versus art, defining the goals of both endeavours, distinguishing the primary differences and more.
Keys To Human Evolution
While the applied methodologies and intended audiences are different, the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same.
Both scientists and artists strive to understand the world in new ways and then communicate their understanding. When they are successful, our “truth” ― our mental model of how reality operates ― is fundamentally changed and so is how we perceive, experience and interact with the world around us.
Thus, it is the advances in scientific discoveries and the development of artistic trends that have propelled the evolution of humanity.
The Differences Between Science & Art
Both science and art are two of humanity’s most longstanding and most outstanding achievements, both for the very same, but also both for very different, reasons.
While they share many similarities, they are separated by three core differences which we will explore below.
Science is about acquiring knowledge. Art is about expressing knowledge.
Science is a systematic method used to obtain knowledge of the fundamental truths of reality. Art is a creative method used to convey knowledge of the fundamental truths of reality.
While science facilitates understanding, art communicates understanding.
“The greatest scientists are always artists as well.” — Albert Einstein
Science is objective. Art is subjective.
Science is a logical discipline and is cultivated through theoretical rationale. Art is an intuitive discipline and is cultivated through conceptual imagination.
While science is based on facts, art is based on an interpretation of the facts.
“If you can’t replicate the work and get the same outcome, then it’s not science. If you can replicate the work and get the same outcome, it’s not art.” ― Seth Godin
Applied science is engineering. Applied art is design.
Science is the application of knowledge to engineer technology that solves practical problems. Art is the application of knowledge to design technology that is aesthetically pleasing.
While science makes life easier, art makes life prettier.
“Art illuminates the beauty of science.”
Fundamentally, science and art are both examples of human attempts to comprehend and narrate the world around us. Both are driven by a deep and innate sense of curiosity and exploration.
Science is about acquiring knowledge. Art is about expressing knowledge. Science is objective. Art is subjective. Science provides us with technology. Art provides us with design.