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Foreword -Merging the spirit of Art and Science

Gadagkar, R (2016) Foreword -Merging the spirit of Art and Science. [Book Chapter]

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I am pleased to present this remarkable little book authored by my colleague Dr. Bitasta Das. Arting Science emerged out of a course that Bitasta teaches to the undergraduate students of Indian Institute of Science (liSe), Bangalore. The Indian Institute of Science is one of the oldest post -graduate universities in India. During most of its more than hundred year old history, liSe has focused almost exclusively on natural science and engineering. Social sciences and humanities (I will here label them collectively as 'human sciences') have never really been part of the academic programmes of the institute. Recognizing the value of cross-disciplinary interactions between the natural sciences, and human sciences, the Centre for Contemporary Studies was established in the year 2004. This Centre embarked on a unique experiment to bring to the campus, as guest faculty, some of the best scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines such as history, economics, philosophy, sociology, law, literature, music, theatre, visual arts, cinema, ... the list is endless. The aim has been to create opportunities for meaningful interactions between different disciplines. We hope that such interaction will in turn provide opportunities for practitioners of different disciplines to re-examine the foundations of their own disciplines-a rarely practiced but most essential exercise. The centre organizes many one-off lectures, discussions, seminars and workshops and also offers an advanced course entitled "Production of Knowledge: A Comparison of Natural and Human Sciences". The main focus of all these activities is on understanding the different modes of knowledge production, communication and utilization, in different disciplines and articulating the rationale, if any, for these differences.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: IISc Press
Keywords: Art forms
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 16:31
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2021 16:31
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/67664

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