to Tadashi Isoyama, a spirited music aesthetician, music was
taught as a kind of
mathematics and was included among science subjects in universities of medieval Europe.
J.S.Bach preserved mathematics order in his composition and contributed his works to God,
the ideal audience.
Stephen J. Gould, a superstar in the science essay sphere, says that Goethe in his later years
entered into a dispute on science and he insisted that art and science are two sides, contacting
each other, of the intellectual whole and that they are like inspiration and expiration.
Hebelieved and practiced this theory.
In recent years I, myself, think it is the world having these two sides that is most inspiring
and that one can deeply appreciate.
The reality today, however, is that intellectuality and sensitivity are too different in direction
for us to appreciate the real world of interest.
Dr. Richard Philips Feynman, a Novel Prize-winning Physicist, says with some concern that
“artists neither know the universality or beauty behind nature nor understand the laws
dominating them (therefore, they are unable to express them in their works). Artists should
study more be familiar with science.”
This may be true not only in architecture but also in many areas today where too much
importance is attached to sensitivity and technology.
Fortunately, outstanding science writers and scientists published a number of science essay in
the ‘80’s and‘90’s. These essays give me the impression of scientists who parted from the
rest of the world 300 years ago for journey of investigation and cannot help telling people about
the most amazing things they saw during their journey.