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Apr. 06, 2011

McCarthy and Herzog Talk Science

by Katherine

“Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

This week on Science Friday, we’re talking about the connection between science and art with three exciting guests: novelist Cormac McCarthy, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and physicist Lawrence Krauss.

Herzog’s new documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, takes an unprecedented look inside the Chauvet cave containing the earliest known cave paintings — some of which are 32,000 years old. Check out the trailer:


Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, where he’s hosting a festival on human origins and culture this weekend. And Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, whose latest book The Road could be considered literary science fiction, is a fellow at the scientific research organization the Santa Fe Institute. He says he prefers the company of scientists to artists.

We’ll ask all three about science as inspiration for art and the cross-pollination between disciplines. If you’d like to ask our guests a question, call in early to 724-374-3063 and leave your name, city, and question — we might play it on the air.

UPDATE: Audio from the show is available for your listening pleasure here:

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