Human civilisation has only been around a few thousand years. A couple of hundred generations of humans, and no more. Quite something, when you think about it - and look how far we've got; the wheel, New York, wars, and so on.
Artistically, humans have expressed themselves in many ways, too. Once, it was orally-recounted stories. Epics such as Gilgamesh, myths from many cultures, sagas and tales. Dramatic arts have been round a long time, too, with ancient Greek plays having survived to attest to that, continuing through Shakespeare and the present day. Then there's poetry - also been around a long time, and still relevant to people's desire to express themselves today. Music, of course... been around as long as humankind in one form or another.
Yet there are some art forms which have had to wait for a certain coming together of humanity's greatest achievements, that eclipse such base forms as Sophocles' Theban plays, or Bach's fugues. For now we have TV Celebrity Talent Contests - solid proof of the power of evolution to drive everything forward to a more advanced state.
Such is the irresistible power of the medium, it has become the natural way of expressing life in general - including science. As regular readers (hi Mum!) will remember, I took part in FameLab earlier this week. And you might even remember that I took part in I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here some time ago.
An email that arrived today has announced that, for the new round of I'm a Scientist, there is a special nuclear zone, sponsored by STFC. If an interested nuclear physicist is reading this, why not take part? Take your place in the pinnacle of human artistic expression.