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'Intelligent design' theme of Art of Science exhibit
Date:11/14/2011

hree winners: $250 for first place, $154.51 for second; and $95.49 for third. These amounts are derived according to the golden ratio, a mathematical proportion that has been found in aesthetically pleasing designs, from seashells to ancient Greek temples.

Pablo Debenedetti, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and Vice Dean of Princeton's School of Engineering and Applied Science, called Art of Science a "one-of-a-kind event."

"Scientists seek to understand how the universe works and engineers design and make objects that improve people's lives," he said. "Although both activities are beautiful, they do not in general pursue visual beauty as a major goal. But sometimes, while doing science or engineering, art happens, and objects are created that possess true aesthetic beauty."

Debenedetti announced the winners of the competition at an opening reception of the physical gallery on November 11 in the Friend Center on the Princeton campus. That gallery is free and open to the public and viewable from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The exhibit will remain on display through May of 2012 at which time the Princeton Art of Science organizers plan to launch a multi-institutional Art of Science exhibit both at a New York gallery and online.

The organizers solicited images made in the course of scientific research that have aesthetic value rather than art that is inspired by science.

Jurors for the competition were President Shirley M. Tilghman; Dean of the Faculty David Dobkin, Phillip Y. Goldman '86 Professor in Computer Science; and Joel Smith, Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum.

Sponsors of the competition are David A. Gardner '69 Fund in the Humanities Council, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, PPPL, PICSciE, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Office of the Dean for Research.

In addition to Finkelstein and Zwicker, the
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Contact: Teresa Riordan
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Princeton University, Engineering School
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