Language of Arts vs Science

Have you ever noticed how scientists and artists seem to talk a different language? I admit there is a lot of similarity between the passion and creativity that both bring to their trades. But as a scientist, I can talk for whole sentences in acronyms. Or worse, I can catch myself using technical science terms in regular conversation – like the word, aliquot. I love the word aliquot. To me, Arts academics always seem so eloquent with their extensive vocabularies that can actually be used in conversation.

Listening to the combined Arts and Sciences lectures in ASIC200 last night, I was reminded that each of these disciplines, Arts & Science, do have their own vocabularies. Learning to speak the others language is one of the first steps in getting this interdisciplinary conversation started. Here’s the new words that I learned about (or helped explain) last night:

From the Arts side: polity – a particular form or system of government
From the Sciences: avian – of or pertaining to birds.

Did anybody else notice this difference? I guess we’ll have to keep our handy. If you’ve looked up (or just know) other fancy words and terms covered in class, add ’em here to save us the trouble of looking them up ourselves.

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Joanne often gets really excited when she talks about Science. Luckily, she works in the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, the educational arm of the Michael Smith Labs. She likes all kinds of science but has a special spot in her heart for biology, technology, and well, sports. As a scientist and educator at UBC, she hopes that she never becomes so specialized that she loses her global perspective. (When she gets around to writing an intro post, I'm sure that she'll link to it here).