[Histonet] art & science

Smith, Allen asmith <@t> mail.barry.edu
Tue Feb 6 14:28:14 CST 2007

  Art, like science, takes training.  Professional artists usually have 4 to
6 years of training, either as a B.F.A. or M.F.A. or as an apprenticeship
for roughly the same length of time.  (My aunt, a professional artist, went
via formal training.  My daughter, a histotech, took the apprenticeship

  Art hopes to move the viewer; science hopes to educate him.  Frequently,
art also educates: Esteban Murillo's smaller paintings are masterful studies
of human psychology.  David Hogarth's etchings often educate more than they
move.  Science also moves: Movat's pentachrome is done as often for its
beauty as for the sake of gaining information.    Scientists' overwhelming
preference for Schroedinger's wave equation over Dirac's equally correct
matrix mechanics is esthetic.  The study of free-living protozoa is driven
primarily by awe at sheer variety of living things.


Allen A. Smith, Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy

Barry University School of Graduate Medical Sciences

    Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Miami Shores, Florida  33161


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