Fusion of Art and Science: A Criticality

ORION meets on the third Wednesday of every month.  Our meetings are held at the old Grove Theater in Oak Ridge, TN.  We gather at 7:00 with the program beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m.  You do not have to be a scientist to attend, or even a member of ORION.  The program is free and open to the public.   

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.   John Mannone will be our speaker.


This talk will explore why it is critical important that our education should fuse science with art. In the creative mind, visualization strongly enhances understanding, while science lends the creative writer new metaphors. There’s a connection between physics, metaphysics, and religion and the connections become more apparent with art and science taken collectively. Creativity is an essential resource to the scientist.


20170603_160908John C. Mannone achieved a PhD Candidacy in Electrical Engineering with a dissertation on expanded space charge theory in dielectric fluids (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2002), an MS in Physics specializing in plasma physics (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 1988), an MS in Physical & Theoretical Chemistry specializing in photoelectron spectroscopy (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 1978), and a BS in Chemistry (Loyola College/University, Baltimore, MD, 1970). His research interests are in astrophysical plasmas and electromagnetic theory.

As a research chemist for Martin Marietta in Baltimore, he worked on life detection systems on the Viking missions as well as on accelerated aging of electro explosives used on the Voyager missions. He broadened his career when he joined Westinghouse Naval Reactors in Idaho. This launched his consulting in the nuclear industry in which he helped to solve industry challenges for over thirty years in both commercial nuclear reactors and DOE nuclear projects. Retired since 2010, Mannone remains active in teaching university level physics and in astronomy outreach, where he is often sought out as a speaker. But he has also developed a passion for the literary arts since 2004, and fuses those arts with science. With over 600 poems and prose published, he has several collections of poetry and has won numerous literary distinctions, including the 2017 Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian literature. He currently serves as the president of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild.