FOR MADAM PROFESSOR
Beauty in nature: Let’s take some time to contemplate beauty in nature. Many of you have seen the planet earth videos that show the incredible uniqueness, diversity and beauty of biology. Please take some time to view the following videos:
1. In this video, Frank Wilczek, a theoretical physicist, unpacks the concept of beauty found in science:
o The Science of Why Nature Is Beautiful to Us
This clip illustrates the beauty of nature
The physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed quoted in Scientific American states that ”Despite all this, I don’t want scientists to abandon their talk of beauty. Anything that inspires scientific thinking is valuable…” Let’s take part in some of that valuable thinking. Do some research and discuss one aspect of nature that you find beautiful. How is the science in this enhance its beauty?
Take a moment today to look outside and notice the nature that is around you. Find one aspect that is beautiful and inspires awe. In what ways is science and the art of nature compatible? What thoughts do you have as you take notice of the nature’s beauty around you?
Does the beauty of nature motivate a desire to conserve its biodiversity? What are some other reasons we should seek to steward the vast variety we see on planet earth?