Guest Author: John Drury, president/creative director, Ideality, Inc.
I love the movies. They are the perfect blend of technology and art, storytelling and science. French inventor Louis Lumiere is credited with the creation of the motion picture camera in 1885. Thomas Edison brought us the Kinetoscope and subsequently the Vitascope projector which really began movie viewing by the masses in America. Motion picture film is the ideal method to promote STEM / STEAM education because of its seamless connection of art & science. I viewed the documentary movie, “Particle Fever” recently. It’s about the history and creation of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and the experiments in search of the “God particle.” A movie about physics that is totally engaging, entertaining and inspiring!
What do you think is the drive behind man’s innate urge to understand the world around you? (PF)
“As Savas says at the end of the film, the pursuit of these things, (Science & Art) not really necessary for survival, are what make us human. There is a continuous line, beginning with the first symbolic representation of our “environment” with the cave paintings at Chauvet, to the sophisticated equations of physics that we think describe the deepest, inner workings of the universe. Fabiola quotes Dante as well about this: “There is something fundamental about this that distinguishes us from animals. Man has always tried to make sense of the world around him and to understand his place in a vast universe.”