Monday, April 9, 2007

Einstein on the Difference Between Science and Art

Apparently, Einstein wrote:
"Where the world ceases to be the stage for personal hopes and desires, where we, as free beings, behold it in wonder, to question and to contemplate, there we enter the realm of art and science. If we trace out what we behold and experience through the language of logic, we are doing science; if we show it in forms whose interrelationships are not accessible to our conscious thought but are intuitively recognized as meaningful, we are doing art. Common to both is the devotion to something beyond the personal, removed from the arbitrary."

1 comment:

  1. Wow. I'm surprised to find this from six years ago already. I still think this is right on, although I'm not sure that art is generally "not accessible to our conscious thought". But I do think he's on to something when he describes a meaning system that is extends both subjective AND shared experience "beyond the personal" as he says it.