Joe Davis - Unification of Knowledge - 18/03/2019

FSW Lecture i.s.m. Belgian science, technology and society (B.STS)

About the lecture

“In the first century BC, Roman polymath Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote that artists should be good writers and that they should be familiar with the operations of mathematics as well as knowing how to draw. He said that they should be acquainted with history and natural and moral philosophy; that they should know something about the sciences of both law and physics. Vitruvius expected artists to know about the motions and relationships of the heavenly bodies as well as something about the science of medicine and the motions and proportions of the human body, a notion that inspired Da Vinci more than 1500 years later. Yet in our own time, artists are not given to understand physics or chemistry, law, philosophy, medicine or astronomy. Times have changed in ways that could not have been foreseen by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio.”

About the speaker

Joe Davis is research affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and artist-scientist in the laboratory of George Church at the Department of Genetics at Harvard University. His work was published and discussed in various books and magazines such as Nature. For more info about Joe Davis and his artistic/scientific work, see e.g.:

"At the farthest ends of the cosmos, at the edge of the universe, you'll find your own cerebral cortex imprinted there, but when you look inside you only find 'the other.' " Interview met Joe Davis, The Seattle Times 

Practical info

Monday 18 March 2019, 17:00 - 18:30
Aula M.004, St-Jacobsstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp
Language: English

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory : send an e-mail to Piet De Vroede

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