How does art inspire science? It may seem a difficult question to answer
with any empirical evidence, but in a new research project Scottish
scientists aim to do just that.
Launched yesterday, What Scientists Read? will aim to find out what
influence literature has on scientists and the decisions they make.
Asking questions like 'how does reading literature affect scientific
thought and practice?' and 'does reading literature affect the career
decision to become a scientist?', the project team will conduct
interviews with scientists in Scotland to try to unravel the influence
on science of the creative arts.
Fear not, though. Even if you’re ruled out of the interviews due to
geographical disadvantages you can still take part in the study. The
project's website hosts a forum where any scientist can go and add to
the discussion. See http://www.whatscientistsread.com.