"[Science and art] ask the same questions. Science addresses - really what it does at its best is force us to reassess our place in the cosmos. Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? And those are the very same questions that you get in art, literature, music. Every time you read a wonderful book or see a wonderful film, you come out of it with a different perspective of yourself, and too often, it seems to me, we forget that cultural aspect of science."
Jonah Lehrer calls this convergence of art and science “a fourth culture of knowledge” and argues it’s essential for a thriving society.