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The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art

Tom McLeish


‘I could not see any place in science for my creativity or imagination’, was the explanation, of a bright school leaver to the author, of why she had abandoned all study of science. Yet as any scientist knows, the imagination is essential to the immense task of re-creating a shared model of nature from the scale of the cosmos, through biological complexity, to the smallest subatomic structures. Encounters like that one inspired this book, which takes a journey through the creative process in the arts as well as sciences. Visiting great creative people of the past, it also draws on personal acc ... More

Keywords: creativity, imagination, culture, music, mathematics, science, art, literature, interdisciplinary, philosophy, medieval thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom McLeish, author
Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of York, UK