The SE>encore art gallery would not pass muster as an authentic art institution—SFMOMA, across the Bay from Berkeley, has nothing to worry about. But I trust that visitors here will find visual things of some aesthetic interest. At the very least, the encore gallery sees itself as a site for exploring ideas about the possibility of science producing art and art enriching science education.

Cover Art

To my eye, many of the covers of Science are artful, some even stunning. I am in the process of assembling about 20 of the covers of a given year from 2000 on. These are organized by year can be displayed individually. For each cover, there is a link to the contents page of that Science issue, which provides a short description of the cover and information on the source of the illustration. The information includes a link the first page of the article related to the cover where there is an abstract of the research paper.

Chapter Art

Each chapter of the books I was responsible for while director of Project 2061 was introduced with a piece of art. In each case I felt that there was a conceptual connection between the art and the content of the following chapter. Not everyone agreed. From time to time I will reproduce one of those pieces of chapter art along with the written introduction to the chapter. If visitors to this site will submit their take on connect (if any), I will then post what I believe are some of the best responses. In addition, suggestions for what would be more appropriate art are welcome and will be displayed if possible.

Art Links

Occasionally there are art installations that are based on a science theme. As I learn about them, I will add a link to it here. If you know of such an exhibit. Please send the information to this site.

Comet Halley

Comet Halley—as a thing of nature and a thing of science, history, and art—has a special place in the conception of Project Physics.

DNA Follies

During the 1990s, when DNA was becoming the pop star of scientific research, Science carried lots of ads promoting the tools of such research. Many were whimsical—unlike, alas, ads today—or otherwise unusual as scientific advertisement art. I have collected some of them, given them my own names as kinds of DNA (e.g., Puncture Proof DNA shown here, and organized them in Power Point. Dip into it, for you might find it entertaining.