CSIRO and the arts
CSIRO's researchers have played host to a number of artistic residencies over the years, meanwhile a number of our scientists and staff themselves harbour a strong artistic streak. Einstein himself said that the best scientists are themselves usually artists.
CSIRO's collections are home to original sketches and watercolours from artists of national significance, beginning with the notes and sketches made by Joseph Banks on Cook's 1770 Endeavour voyage.
Illustration has long played a significant role in the communication of science, while today, science produces a vast array of photographic and digital imagery whose artistic and cultural value exists outside of its scientific value.
CSIRO research continues to further the realm today's artist can work in, from our invention of Wi-Fi technology to our groundbreaking work in supercomputing and ICT.
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