Abstraction, not just mathematics, has its place in science as it does in art


Abstract Science?
a Japanese bottleClick to Enlarge ImageIs there an analogue in science to abstract art? A riposte might be, “Why should there be? Why ask science, so strongly tied to reality, to mimic the aesthetic games of the world of art?” Well, both art and science are created by human beings, and both are creative endeavors. So it might be interesting to look at any correspondences. No one-to-one mappings will be found, but let’s relax that criterion and search for non-literal, imaginative analogies. Roald H.offmann.