Jacob Bronkowski, , BBC television series, 1972, 'Man is unique not because he does science, and he is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of marvelous plasticity of mind.' Bronowski recognized that the scientific exploration of what it means to be human cannot be divorced fro the ways in which we perceive ourselves, philosophically, politically, and morally. (Malik, 2000, pp 25 - 26)
The title "Hidden Likeness" quotes Jacob Bronkowski, the biologist and historian of science, who argued for art and science as ways of making sense of the chaos and multiplicity of the natural world. Its hidden unity is out there, waiting for humanity "to seize it" and "to make it for ourselves." Of course, that points to hidden likenesses between , too. Now Gowin and the Morgan look for likenesses between each of those and photography as well. They make clear that photography has long been in service to both art and science. And then they look back to ask what images and ideas shaped the collection and the photographer.