16-18 September, 2022

Tim Minchin gets it

Science is not the opposite of art (nor the opposite of spirituality – whatever that is), and you don’t have to deny scientific knowledge in order to make beautiful things. On the contrary.

Science is not a bunch of facts. Scientists are not people trying to be prescriptive or authoritative. Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our curiosity.

Great science writing is the art of communicating that ‘awe of understanding’, so that we readers can revel in the beauty of a deeper knowledge of our world.

There is no conflict between art and science: there is only the wide-eyed pursuit of cool ideas.

Tim Minchin, from his Foreword to “The Best Australian Science Writing 2013″


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