I know that art is sister of science, both children of an elusive god. [Gilberto Gil, CD “Quanta”, (1995)]. Science and art are integral parts of everyday life and of the human condition, and music is a wonderful form of art. The links between science and music are deep and their roots are directly associated to the emergence of modern science. Music has an important background in physics: it is made up of sounds in tune with the culture; it has often served also as a metaphor and an inspiration for the human interpretation of the physical world, especially in cosmological models. Since science has become more and more a part of everyday life for the people, it has also penetrated the universe of popular artists, in particular poets and composers. This paper discusses how issues and views on science and technology have emerged and had an impact on popular Brazilian music. This analysis can be an interesting opportunity for discussing the perceptions and attitudes on science and technology by musicians. We searched to identify some categories for the songs and lyrics that are related to issues, concepts, views and attitudes toward science and technology in the Brazilian popular composers’ imaginative mind. Science issues emerged also in samba and in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. For instance, in 2004 the samba school Unidos da Tijuca opted for a highly unusual theme – scientific creativity. In this case, science offered ideas and themes not usually considered in carnival parades, enriching its universe of facts and images.

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Science and brazilian popular music

Ildeu de Castro Moreira   Institute of Physics – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Luisa Massarani   Museu da Vida – COC – Fiocruz. Rio de Janeiro

I know that art is sister of science, both children of an elusive god. [Gilberto Gil, CD “Quanta”, (1995)]. Science and art are integral parts of everyday life and of the human condition, and music is a wonderful form of art. The links between science and music are deep and their roots are directly associated to the emergence of modern science. Music has an important background in physics: it is made up of sounds in tune with the culture; it has often served also as a metaphor and an inspiration for the human interpretation of the physical world, especially in cosmological models. Since science has become more and more a part of everyday life for the people, it has also penetrated the universe of popular artists, in particular poets and composers. This paper discusses how issues and views on science and technology have emerged and had an impact on popular Brazilian music. This analysis can be an interesting opportunity for discussing the perceptions and attitudes on science and technology by musicians. We searched to identify some categories for the songs and lyrics that are related to issues, concepts, views and attitudes toward science and technology in the Brazilian popular composers’ imaginative mind. Science issues emerged also in samba and in the carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro. For instance, in 2004 the samba school Unidos da Tijuca opted for a highly unusual theme – scientific creativity. In this case, science offered ideas and themes not usually considered in carnival parades, enriching its universe of facts and images.

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