Friday, 10 March 2006

National Science Week

National Science Week logo
It's here: National Science Week 2006 (10-19 March). This is an attempt by the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) to promote science, a much maligned discipline. This week the BA offers "an opportunity for people of all ages to take part in science, engineering and technology activities". Wow!
So what has this to do with art? you might ask. Think about it. Art follows technology. Today, Michelangelo would probably be a film director or a top camerman. I doubt he'd rest content with being a glorified interior decorator for the Pope!
To understand how hard the BA needs to work to educate the public in science, consider this weird fact: a BBC poll in which 43,000 people took part voted muppets Dr Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker as the top screen scientists!
My vote would go to Gil Grissom and Sherlock Holmes, which probably isn't much better, and I am a trained scientist!


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