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The Art of Science
June 8th, 2013


Image courtesy Andrew Huff via Flickr

Image courtesy Andrew Huff via Flickr

Sometimes all it takes to get kids excited about science is a bag full of eyeballs. Robert Tai (University of Virginia) has spent years studying when and why kids fall in love with science. Henry Alan Rowe (Norfolk State University) uses fire and static electricity to draw students into chemistry. Plus: Science class matters even for kids who grow up to be writers or bankers. Tina Grotzer (Harvard University) explains how science can help kids understand the causes of what’s going on around them. And: Students who don’t love science class, might find their way via…math? Eric Pyle (James Madison University) says combining math class with earth sciences can make both subjects better. Also featured: Bruce Greyson (University of Virginia) is one of the first researchers to gather empirical data on near-death experiences using scientific methods. Although these experiences vary from one person to another, they often include feelings of comfort and lack of pain, a sensation of leaving the body, and a deep understanding of both past and future events.

1 Response to “The Art of Science”

  • I’m very interested in this general topic as I have written a novel about a mathematician, The Algebra of Snow, and believe that the combination is fairly unusual. I’d love to know more about this rich intersection that is often invisible.

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