The Art in Science

digital artworkPhysics professor Ashwin Vaidya and mathematics professor Mika Munakata are exploring the connection between creativity and scientific success. In a recent study, they found that university students tend to rank the sciences among the “least creative” subjects. To address that perception, they engaged students in the study of the connection between science, mathematics and creativity through a photography contest. To enter, students had to explain the physics laws that made their images possible.

Their research led to building a course in creative thinking and to a grant from the American Physics Society to fund two projects: The Art of Making Science, a joint project between the College of Arts and the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair State University and The Science of Making Art, a collaboration between the University and the Liberty Science Center, which will result in an interactive exhibit about the relationship between the two disciplines.