Re: art&science

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 13:21:32 MDT

> I think you have a point here, although I don't think this is the most
> important difference between art and science. Science is constrained
> by reality (or rather, it *seeks* constraints), while art has few
> constraints ( mainly some cultural and a few technical constraints)
> and actively tries to avoid them. Engineering is similar to art in
> this respect, although it is constrained by a deliberate purpose it
> has to achieve.

I wouldn't say it quite that way--art that avoids constraints is crap,
like most free verse or abstract visual art or interpretive dance.
Great art thrives on constraints: sonnets, realistic visual art, ballet.
The constraints, though, are chosen by the artist. Picasso certainly
chose different constraints from Michaelangelo, but he did hold himself
to the standards he chose.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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