How Art and Science Intersect


THE OVERVIEW is an online magazine that bridges art, science, and technology. How art and science are related? There are many commonalities between the “Two Cultures,” a term coined by the British scientist and writer C. P. Snow. In his essay from 1956, he asks the practitioners of both areas, art, and science, “to build bridges and collaborate to further the progress of human knowledge to benefit society.”

Both art and science require curiosity and imagination to learn about the natural and social world. Or to say it in the words of Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
Our name comes from the “overview effect,” a term coined by author Frank White which describes the sensation and shift of perspective astronauts report when viewing Earth from space for the first time.
“Astronauts have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and humanity’s place upon it. It enabled them to perceive the Earth as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species,” as described in the film The Overview Effect. Through engaging stories on nature and culture, we try to bring a bit of the overview effect down to Earth.