Meredith Scheff has an interview with scientist/artist Alan Rorie. Alan was involved in the Steampunk Treehouse and the Dihemispheric Chronaether Agitator.

To me, science is largely about taking concrete aspects of the world and abstracting so that they can be communicated. I would spend weeks and months working on my thesis and the result would be some bit of data that only existed on the computer and in the mind of my peers. I realized that I needed to create real objects, things and stuff that existed in the world. Art, to me, is the flip side of science; it’s about taking the abstract ideas that exists in your mind and communicating them by instantiating them in the real world as solid objects.

So I taught myself how to weld.

Portrait of a mad scientist: Alan Rorie of


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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