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The Poetry of Music & Science & the Role of Creativity in Science & Arts

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The second "What is Creativity?" lecture will explore the creative similarities and differences among scientists, writers and artists.

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Tom McLeish, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York is travelling to University College Dublin to share his thinking about diverse creative practices across the arts and the sciences.

Prof McLeish finds that the ‘Two Cultures’ division between the arts and the sciences is not after all, the best classification of creative processes. Instead, the three modes of visual, textual and abstract imagination have woven the stories of the arts and sciences together. The lecture concludes by asking how creativity contributes to what it means to be human, and asks how scientists’ training and education might help them work more creatively, and how we might all find creative ways into a recreational sort of commonplace science.

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 to the smallest subatomic structures. A four year project led to the book, The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019), which takes a journey through the creative process in the arts as well as sciences. The lecture draws on both past testimony and contemporary accounts of scientists, artists, mathematicians, writers, and musicians today to explore the commonalities and differences in creation.

About Tom McLeish

Tom McLeish, FRS, is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York, England, the Centre for Medieval Studies and Humanities Research Centre. His research in ‘soft matter and biological physics,’ draws on interdisciplinary collaborations to study relationships between molecular structure and material properties. He leads the UK ‘Physics of Life’ network, and holds a 5-year research fellowship focusing on the physics of protein signaling and the self-assembly of silk fibres.

Other academic interests include the framing of science, theology, society and history, education and philosophy, leading to the recent books Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014) and The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019). He co-leads the Ordered Universe project, a large interdisciplinary study of13th century science. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University and is currently Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee.

About What is Creativity

The 'What is Creativity?’ is a series of four engaging talks and performances by leading practitioners across a range of creative disciplines, asking questions around the meaning of creativity in its broadest possible sense. Issues to be considered include: the opportunities and challenges of the digital age; sustaining creativity in an age of precarity; and the future of the traditional arts in an age of technology.

This series is part of the UCD Engaged Creativity research strand which builds on the deep creative heritage of the UCD College of Arts and Humanities, the creative energy of Dublin, and Ireland’s international cultural reputation. The Engaged Creativity theme incorporates new approaches to practice-based research and foregrounds the impact and relevance of the arts and humanities. read more http://www.ucd.ie/whatiscreativity/

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