Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEH Lecture on The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.

"Watch the live stream of the 43rd Jefferson Lecture featuring Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson, acclaimed author, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization, and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, spoke on The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences on May 12th at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts."

Isaacson on Einstein:

"Einstein's leap [that time is relative and light speed is constant] was a triumph not of pure science, or deduction, or induction. It was a triumph of imagination. It came from questioning the accepted wisdom and challenging authority...

So when we emphasize the need to teach our kids science and math, we should not neglect to encourage them also to be imaginative, to be creative, to have an intuitive feel for beauty and to question received wisdom...

And that's the role of the humanities."

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