Deep Affinities: Art and Science

Human instinct for creating items with symmetry and balance is not limited to artistic impulses. As people have observed forms in nature and replicated them throughout history, they have demonstrated abstract thinking and an appreciation for beauty that manifests in both art and science. Palmedo examines 125 illustrations from these two worlds, finding connections among human creations from a handmade ax used half a million years ago to the James Webb Space Telescope and more.