Colliding Worlds

Arhtur I Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art on the one hand, and science on the other. His latest book, ‘Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art’, takes readers on a wild journey to explore a new frontier.In recent decades, an exciting new art movement has emerged in which artists illuminate the latest advances in science.


Arthur I Miller

Richard Bright: Why are scientists so strongly attracted to visual images?

Arthur I Miller: Scientists draw as a way to come to grips with a problem by playing with different approaches in a way bordering on a free association of images. They often internalise this with thought experiments. These are performed in the ‘mind’s eye’, have a high degree of visual imagery, and know no bounds regarding laboratory equipment. Just about every major scientific breakthrough has been accomplished through visual thinking. We recall the discoveries made by Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Francis Crick, James Watson and Richard Feynman. Einstein’s daydreaming about what it would be like to catch up with a point on a light wave and ride alongside resulted in his discovery of relativity theory in 1905.

RB: What kind of transformations are taking place when ideas or data are visualized?


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