Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. or Join now .

Dr. Peter Gruss is the President of the Max Planck Society, one of the largest and most successful scientific research institutions in the world. If you wonder if the Earth is the only inhabited place in the universe, how complex living things develop from a single cell, or how the brain works, one or more of the 82 Max Planck Institutes is working on the answer.

A developmental biologist by training, Dr. Gruss spent years investigating the regulation processes in genes.  For 12 years, he has led the Max Planck Society and become one of our strongest voices for science, research, and education.

Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now .

In an interview at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Dr. Gruss discusses the importance of images in science and the relationship between science and art.

Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now .

Is what we see “real?”

Is reality only subjective?

How are images important in understanding science?

What challenges do scientists face in visualizing ideas?

Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now .

How does an image provide feedback to a scientist?

Is it possible to enhance brain capacity?

Do scientists respond to aesthetics?

How are art and science linked?

Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now .

What would you be if you weren’t a scientist?

  • Article Recirculation Lead Image

    Inside an Exploded Star

    Cassiopeia A gets a close-up.
  • Article Recirculation Lead Image

    Automatic for the Oceans

    A rock trio on the rise is raising environmental awareness.
  • Article Recirculation Lead Image

    Join Nautilus Live—Get the Truth About Sun Exposure

    Join us at noon on Monday, June 9, when editor in chief Michael Segal will host a live video chat with award-winning journalist and NYU professor, Jessica Seigel about her latest Nautilus piece, “America Is Getting the Science of Sun Exposure Wrong.” There are two ways to participate. You can send us your questions before […]
  • Forest-for-the-Trees

    Forest for the Trees—Why We Recognize Faces & Constellations

    A Ganado-style Navajo rugNational Park Service For many thousands of years, and across cultures around the world, symmetry has been seen as beautiful. The mirror-image accuracy of the Parthenon is seen also in the Taj Mahal and the geometric patterns of traditional Navajo rugs. We see symmetry in more fluid, modern media, too, like the […]
  • The Universe, Expanding Symmetrically

    The Universe, Expanding Symmetrically and Eternally

      Two months ago, we learned of landmark evidence bolstering the theory of inflation, a period very soon after the Big Bang when the Universe expanded at a terrific rate, stretching out and smoothing its lumps, and making it remarkably consistent on large scales. A recent study confirms that, even 13.8 billion years after the […]
close-icon Enjoy unlimited Nautilus articles, ad-free, for as little as $4.92/month. Join now

! There is not an active subscription associated with that email address.

Join to continue reading.

Access unlimited ad-free articles, including this one, by becoming a Nautilus member. Enjoy bonus content, exclusive products and events, and more — all while supporting independent journalism.