The Use of Artistic Analogies in Chemical Research and Education

The use of analogies in research and education facilitates the cognitive process by establishing connections between the familiar and the unknown. A sample of examples discussed in this article includes works by Degas and Matisse, folk embroideries and balloon clusters as well as molecular properties, such as geometry, motion and packing. The use of analogies is one of the many facets of the potential interactions between art an science.

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