Inspiration, Invention, and Innovation

Kathryn Uhrich (Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

What does it mean to be creative? What/who is an inventor and how do they transform inventive concepts into reality? How do innovative transformations, such as Van Gogh’s paintings and biodegradable cardiac stents, impact humanity? This seminar explores the concepts of invention and innovation through the lenses of art and science. From examining inventions of modern artists to evaluating innovations by modern scientists, this course probes the links between inspiration, invention and innovation. The course will include a trip to the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and Edison’s lab (NJ). This course is appropriate for non-science and non-arts majors; the only requirements are curiosity and critical thinking.