I was asked by Informed by Nature why I loved Science. Funny, its not a question I ask myself- I was raised and trained as a scientist but grew up in a home where art and science were all part of being in the world. These days I like the ‘ways of knowing’ way of talking about being in the world. In any case here is what I answered. The discussion about adding coding to the three R’s of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic comes from Paul Fishwick who just joined us at the ATEC program at UT Dallas and he is convincing us that Coding can also be seen as a way of knowing- a procedural way of knowing- in the same way that rituals can serve as a way of knowing and interacting with the world – so active intervention through coding can create a relationship to the world that informs being in the world.
Roger Malina (born July 6, 1950) is a physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press and distinguished professor of arts and technology, and professor of physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a Directeur de Recherche of the C.N.R.S. at the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille. His specialty in astrophysics is space instrumentation. His current work focusses on connections between science and art.