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JournalInterdisciplinary science reviews
DateAccepted/In press - 10 Dec 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 25 Mar 2020
Issue number1
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)51-70
Early online date25/03/20
Original languageEnglish


This response to the foregoing reviews of The Poetry and Music of Science identifies common themes raised by them, responds to direct questions where this is possible and suggests further avenues of discussion. It focusses in particular on issues of the historical and cultural setting of human creativity, the particular issues raised by poetry, the differences between artistic and scientific imagination, the confusion (and de-confusion) of ‘imagination' and ‘creativity', the social and institutional framings of the sciences and the arts, the question of digital creativity and theological themes. A common emerging idea is that human creativity, whether artistic or scientific, is well-described by neither purely ‘expressive' nor ‘receptive’ actions but by a meeting of both.

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    Research areas

  • arts and sciences, Creativity, imagination, Imago Dei, interdisciplinarity, scientific creativity, two cultures


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