Since about two months now i’ve been the head of the Interfaculty Artscience of the Royal Academy and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. We’ve been using this name since about four years, so I was quite shocked to chance upon a book by David Edwards, called “Artscience, creativity in the post-google generation”. Fortunately it is a nice book, quite light reading, but because of that it is good to give away to people who need to be convinced. His main thesis is that crossing the boundary between art and science (both ways) is one of the main sources of creative solutions these days. The great thing about this book is that it is structured in a clear and thoughtprovoking way and that Edwards avoids the pitfalls many art-science thinkers fall into; who basically tend to put art in the service of science or vice-versa. I find his examples probably the most interesting part of the book; it is always hard to cite specific examples of scientists being inspired by art or scientific ideas having at least a partial root in artistic experiences or insights. The other way around I have no trouble mentioning artists who are inspired by science, but perhaps that is simply because I know many more artists than scientists ?