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Exhibition showcases the 'art of science'
Date:5/14/2009

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The jurors for the top prizes were Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University and a renowned molecular biologist; the internationally acclaimed photographer Emmet Gowin, who is a professor in the Program in Visual Arts at Princeton; David Dobkin, dean of faculty and a professor of computer science at Princeton whose research focuses on computer graphics, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, chair of Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts.

"It was an invigorating and inspirational experience for me, I must say, to be reminded of the extent to which the structures and patterns of the natural world anticipate the structures and patterns we describe as art," said Muldoon after finishing the judging last week. "It was particularly striking, too, given the alacrity with which we agreed on the top pieces, to be reminded moreover of how art chooses us rather than our choosing it."

Emmet Gowin, who has served as a judge for all three Art of Science competitions, said that it "is always a joy to see and study the amazing images that 'Art of Science' brings together."

"Nature is obliviously full of amazing forms and surprises and so is the human imagination," Gowin said. "It seems to me that the collaboration between photography, in its many forms, and the natural sciences has been of one of the most fruitful meeting places of our modern world. The 'Art of Science' is one of those lovely projects with which we should never be finished."

Cash prizes were given to the top three entrants in amounts calculated by the golden ratio (whose proportions have since antiquity been considered to be aesthetically pleasing):

1st Prize -- $250.00

2nd Prize -- $154.51

3rd Prize -- $95.49

The Art of Science "People's Choice" award of $196.53 (the geometric mean of the first and second prizes) will be awarded to the artist of the piece that receives the most onlin
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Contact: Teresa Riordan
triordan@princeton.edu
609-258-9754
Princeton University, Engineering School
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