I am a science writer and independent museum consultant who is interested in the intersection of art and science. I am also fascinated by the history and philosophy of science. Check this blog for notes and updates about cool art-and-science miscellany.
I've written about Spongelab before, but here's a cool article from Scientific American about the company's history of biology game. Spongelab understands the importance of good illustration and captivating graphics. And, their game references the famous painting School of Athens, by Raphael. Fantastic!
When I was studying for my master's degree in science writing at the University of Southern California, I was fortunate to be able to take a class that focused on the history of science collections, and in particular cabinets of curiosity (the precursors to today's science museums). In that class, we learned about odd medical collections that included grotesque sculptures made out of preserved human innards, as well as more distinguished collections by people like Albertus Seba (whose cabinet made the pages of a Taschen book). I was already interested in the history of science museums, as well as miscellany, so the class fit me perfectly. Now, whenever I hear about modern cabinets of curiosity, my ears perk up.
I just learned that an exhibition featuring artwork by Dr. Seuss is now coming to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. I think this is a brilliant idea. When I was a kid, I used to love reading Dr. Seuss's books, and part of that love stemmed from Seuss's fanciful creations and wild imagination. I would very much like to see more explorations of fictional creatures in museums: maybe visitors would be more stimulated and develop a greater interest in biology.