Beauty at Work is a podcast that “explores how beauty shapes our lives and the work that we do” hosted by Brandon Vaidyanathan, Associate Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. In its first season the focus is on beauty in science. As part of this series, Brandon has spoken with physicists, philosophers, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, entrepreneurs, psychologists and more. I was lucky to be a guest on this podcast, in an episode titled: Why Aesthetics is Essential for Science Education.
Brandon and I had a wonderful conversation and you can watch the video version or listen to it on your favorite podcast app (links below). Note: there are some glitches in the video due to some bandwidth issues that came up during our conversation – so the audio version may be better. An added benefit of the audio is that you don’t have to see my face 🙂
Among the many things we discussed was a framework we published in 2019 about the role that the aesthetic plays in learning in the STEM disciplines. You can learn more about the framework by going to Aesthetics & STEM education: A new framework. Other publications in this area include why science teachers should care about beauty in their teaching, the aesthetics of coding; its role in science education; and its presence in popular science media.