He’s not out to overtly campaign for science, he’s expressing his own passion for the subject in a way that other people can access and appreciate. Like all music you may like it or you may not, that’s the way of art. It’s another dimension to science that takes it away from the mundane and stereotypical views of those that might dismiss it. Science isn’t just facts and data it can be beautiful and the expression of it can be too. Sure, those reports can be heavy and dull as they satisfy all the criteria of methodical standard, but science is how we explore and express the wonders of the world around us and why shouldn’t that sometimes be as a poem, a painting or a song?
One unlikely example that sprang from the machinations of Boris Johnson is a video depiction of the dispersal of bicycles from the cycle hire scheme on one particular day. You can read a little more of the context of the graph on Martin’s blog, or you can just sit and admire the way the patterns move for a while like I did.