Introduction[1]

Both the sciences and the arts involve activities of representation; they involve representing things. But how different, and how similar, are such activities? By examining these activities together, it is possible to learn something about the arts from the sciences, and something about the sciences from the arts. Along the way, an approach to the relationships between the sciences and the arts will also emerge. In what follows, I explore one such approach, which emphasizes the significance of structural mappings for the understanding of the sciences/arts relation, an approach advanced by Steven French, which provides a rich framework to examine the issue (French [2003]). My contribution consists in emphasizing the significance that information plays in this context.

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