Patterns in Art and Nature

Wednesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.

Close-Up Picture of an Icy Snowflake

Patterns in Art and Nature with Philip Ball (Science Writer, London)
Wednesday, April 21
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. CT
Via Zoom

Scientists and artists have long found common ground in their delight and fascination with patterns and regularities we see in the natural world. I will explore what we can say about how such patterns arise and how they have been used in art and design across time and cultures, from the Neolithic period to postmodernism.


Philip Ball is a freelance writer and broadcaster, and worked previously for over 20 years as an editor for Nature. He writes regularly in the scientific and popular media, and has authored many books on the interactions of the sciences, the arts, and the wider culture, including H2O: A Biography of Water, Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour, The Music Instinct, and Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. His book Critical Mass won the 2005 Aventis Prize for Science Books. Philip is a presenter of Science Stories, the BBC Radio 4 series on the history of science. He trained as a chemist at the University of Oxford, and as a physicist at the University of Bristol. His latest book is The Modern Myths: Adventures in the Machinery of the Popular Imagination (June 2021).