Skip to main content

Use of Art in Scientific Education

  • 60 Accesses

Part of the Challenges in Physics Education book series (CPE)


A magnificent channel of scientific dissemination that excites the curiosity of the public, especially the young, is art. Art and science are similar in that both involve inspiration, creativity, research, meditation, and experimentation. Their combination can lead to novel results in both fields and reach the public in a subtle way, as beauty, poetry, and creativity are mixed with scientific facts or investigative methods. An example of this is the work of artists M. Cimadevila and W. Trettnak through which they will make a brief tour. In this chapter, we will see how the two artists make use of the art to approach topics from the world of physics as diverse as luminescence or particle physics, as well as incorporating other topics of social interest such as the role of women in science or ecological topics such as marine pollution by plastic. In their work, they mix and intertwine these themes, showing their beauty or even the problems related to them, disseminating them in many ways in artistic proposals in which they combine art, science, physics, ecology, sustainability, equality, didactics, and dissemination.


  • Physics
  • Art and science
  • Education
  • Didactics
  • Dissemination
  • Gender equality
  • Sustainability
  • Ecology
  • Young audience
  • Scientific culture

Creativity and imagination are basic qualities for a scientist, since science, in reality, is an art.

Ángeles Alvariño. Oceanographer

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Buying options

USD   29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
USD   99.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Hardcover Book
USD   129.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Learn about institutional subscriptions


  1. 1.

    The artist, Margarita Cimadevila has a degree in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela and worked as a Physics/Chemistry teacher and director in different institutes of Galicia.

  2. 2.

    Wolfgang Trettnak received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Graz. He undertook applied research on sensors and biosensors for several years and published a number of scientific articles. In 2002 he became a freelance artist.


Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Margarita Cimadevila .

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2023 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this chapter

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Cimadevila, M., Trettnak, W. (2023). Use of Art in Scientific Education. In: Streit-Bianchi, M., Michelini, M., Bonivento, W., Tuveri, M. (eds) New Challenges and Opportunities in Physics Education. Challenges in Physics Education. Springer, Cham.

Download citation

  • DOI:

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-031-37386-2

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-031-37387-9

  • eBook Packages: EducationEducation (R0)