The reason I wanted National Collective to get involved with engaging the sciences and academia is because I believe a mathematical sum describing an element of the universe is no less beautiful and no less imaginative than any painting, sculpture or poem. Scots luminary James Clerk Maxwell created a formula, described as “one of the most beautiful in history”, describing how electrical and magnetic fields interact to produce light, and “beautiful” is absolutely the correct word to use in its description. To be able to quantify and express a fundamental piece of the universe using mathematics is a wondrous thing. It was because of this idea I was so keen to garner an unlikely union between the academic and the creative. Scotland not only has a proud cultural identity, but a long list of incredible contributions to academia.