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Chapter 12: Artists and Scientists as Entrepreneurs: A Call for a New Research Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education
12 Artists and scientists as entrepreneurs: a call for a new research agenda for entrepreneurship education Philippe Silberzahn and Pierre Silberzahn Introduction Artists, scientists and entrepreneurs: beyond the popular view On the face of it, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs do not have much in common. The popular view portrays them as radically different characters. Artists are the creative people, educated in liberal arts, free of any attachment to institutions, often working alone and without constraints. Scientists, on the opposite, are men and women in white coats, grounded in rational thinking, belonging to large organizations, interested in facts and demonstrations. Artists and scientists, however, have in common that they are often outcasts, if not alien to society. When evocating such accursed characters, the names of Van Gogh, Alan Turing or Van Morrison come to mind. They also have in common that they pursue non-business activities that are ‘gratuitous’, and that few people really understand what they do. This is often true for artists, and certainly for scientists. How many people can understand ‘The effect of nonlocal confining kernels on magnetic chiral condensates’, a title randomly taken from a nuclear physics journal? The similarity is reinforced by the fact that, until recently, and particularly in the golden age of Renaissance, scientists were also often artists; Leonardo da Vinci is the most famous example of a man known as much for his art as for his science. The popular view also tends to oppose artists and scientists to business people, reproducing the age-old...
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