A scientist or artist thinks about creation of a scientific work or piece of art, develops it in their mind and heart (sometimes over a period of years) individually until one day, suddenly, he or she brings the work up to the surface and announces it to others.
Sometimes, scientific or art works can be created collectively by a small group, with joint efforts of more than one person. In this case too, first, individual members of the group think about the work individually, guarantee their participation on the basis of their personal knowledge, talent and energy, and the collective result is achieved through communication, joint analysis and discussion of individual inputs.
Creative people of art and science, intellectuals in general, always need communication among them and attach great importance to it. Undeniably, we need to tell of our new inventions and discoveries, ideas and works, and our thoughts, boiling up inside us, all to like-minded people who would understand us and share our happiness as well as concerns. It is a delight to talk with a professional, to exchange ideas and let them share in the joy of your discovery of original ideas. As we make them happy with our pleasant surprises in turn we generate more positive energy, pleasure and inspiration… On the other hand, receiving criticism and advice from professionals makes us think broader and deeper, and thus, increases our chance to come closer to the truth.
Even if an issue of discussion is not connected with their professional field, looking at the issue and asking questions from different perspective, a broad-minded and creative person can affect one’s opinion and way of thinking. Of course, creative and intellectual people always inspire by sharing their new ideas with others and at the same time hear of new ideas from them. These, as well as, the need for educating and enlightening people are among the main factors bringing creative people together.
I understood the great importance of communication in scientific activity when I was a doctoral student and researcher at the Moscow State University named after Lomonosov and also at the Institute of Mathematics named after Steklov in Moscow. Weekly scientific seminars, attended by prominent scholars, researchers and students, had no equal in terms of receiving information about important ongoing scientific works and achievements worldwide, analyzing problems of our scientific interest and discussing issues with the people who opened new paths in science. We first felt and realized the phenomenon of the ‘scientific school’ in the extraordinary power these seminars generated.
The mixed feelings that came with the collapse of the Soviet Union, consolidation of the materialistic approach based on new capitalist relations and the destruction of traditional systems of moral values by the globalization process confused people, including artists and academics. Interest in scientific researches decreased and the education system became chaotic. The need for intellectuals, scholars and men of arts coming together in a “wise” place, to discuss and share their problems increased. How could we help with bringing into life our wishes that originated from the demands of our day and essence of our soul – changing from complaining to analysis and from grievances to research, revitalizing scientific-cultural environment, and becoming informed about events and developments in the world of science and culture?
During the spring and summer of 2006, we finalized our idea by establishing the Assembly of Science and Art to discuss important issues in any field without limitations. We decided to invite speakers to every meeting of the Assembly, listen to their speeches, ask questions, receive comments and hold discussions.
The first meeting of the Assembly was held on October 10, 2006. We invited specialists and prominent men of arts and sciences from both Azerbaijan and outside the country to the following meetings. Shortly, our Assembly of Science and Art became known and liked.
Materials of the meetings publish in a book, and we try to keep the text as close as possible to the original speeches and discussions.