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Nick Young

What was the inspiration behind your artwork?

I really enjoy minimalistic designs and I wondered what scientific concepts could be depicted in such terms. With only a single line, I could show refraction. My favorite part is that the art isn’t a representation of the phenomenon, it’s what actually happens.

What do you see as the similarity between science and art? Why is science-art important in today's society?

The need for science in today’s world is inescapable. Yet, perceptions of science often revolve around intelligence and brilliance, making science seem like something only some people are cut out for. By combining science and art, we show science in a more realistic light: a creative endeavor. Just as a painter starts with a blank canvas and creates a masterpiece, a scientist starts with a question and creates an experiment, allowing all of us to be scientists.

Get to know the artist!

I'm Nick and I'm a PhD candidate in physics education research and computational mathematics, science, and engineering at Michigan State University. I'm originally from Mentor, Ohio and earned my bachelor's degree at Ohio State University. Outside of research, I'm interested in science communication. I serve as the Vice President of Marketing for MSU SciComm and write a blog about physics education research.

Get in touch!

Follow Nick on Twitter @NickYoungPER and learn more about him at

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