Thursday, May 10, 2012

Art & Science

While engineers drive towards a reductionist approach to problem solving, that is, let us remove or solve the number of variables down to a manageable point resulting in a mathematical equation that can give quantitative results; artists on the other hand keep expanding to comprehend the environment around their subject matter.

A combination of the two could result in an approach that may provide problem solutions where the original problem can be removed completely by solving an upstream consideration.

The article US News "Grad Engineering Programs Probe Intersection of Science, Art" here highlights this new approach being explored in engineering disciplines.

The question is, can engineers turn art into a process to be repeated?