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In this conversation with Michael Robert Jackson, MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRCR, we discuss the role of the radiologist in medical imaging and aspects of his forthcoming book on Radiology, Art & Science (title to be determined). In particular, Michael talks about how the history of visual art and film shall be incorporated in his narrative, making the contents accessible to a broad range of readers.

  • Colin Sanderson

Updated: Jul 31, 2022

I am delighted to announce the first podcast episode: "A Conversation with Roger Malina". As one of the most knowledgeable and experienced voices on relations between the arts, science and technology, he here gives an international perspective. He was, therefore, a great first guest for this new series.

In the course of our wide-ranging discussion, Roger also mentions briefly another two of the Senior Associates of the Artiscience Library: Joe Davis and Roy Ascott, to whom greetings and best wishes. Roger also highlights the seminar he has directed, which shall be repeated next year: Experimental Program in Publishing and Curating (ExPuCu), at UT Dallas.

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Current affairs develop fast. Deciding whether and when to make an intervention is difficult. (This Opinion Piece was offered to selected press media on 17th and 19th June 2020. Now superceded, I yet wish to make certain points, hence my publishing it here.)

Two aspects of the current COVID-19 story have come to the fore in recent days.

On 7th June was the following exchange on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show. Interviewing the UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, Andrew Marr commented: “I was going to say that this is, in a sense, art not science, because these are old figures you are getting. There is a time-lag and so forth…” Mr Hancock replied: “Well. It’s actually science. It’s not art. It is science on which we base these decisions. And science is necessarily looking at uncertainty.” Canadian, Sir William Osler (1849-1919), described medicine as “A Science of Uncertainty and an Art of Possibility.”

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