About This Episode
Explore how science has inspired art through the ages, from Leonardo da Vinci to computer games, when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews pop artist Peter Max in this overlooked classic episode from Season 1. Discover how the cosmos is critical to Peter’s creative process, and how it wasn’t until he started painting astronomically inspired art that he achieved critical acclaim. Back in the studio, Neil and co-host Lynne Koplitz discuss Leonardo da Vinci, from the Vitruvian Man and the Golden Ratio to the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. You’ll also hear about Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, the work of Georgia O’Keefe (Warning: Adult Content) and the controversial “Bodies” exhibition. Neil explains how linear algebra and more computing power has allowed for more immersive computer graphics in games. Plus, Bill Nye is on hand to discuss how astronomy inspires artists in a “Bill Nye Minute.”
This episode is also available in the collection, StarTalk Radio Season 1 Complete.
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: A Universe of Inspiration (Repeat).