Frank Wilczek, a Nobel physicist, was interviewed by Krista Tippett as part of her program, On Being. What does a physicist know about beauty? In the interview, Why is the World so Beautiful, Wilczek uncovers a very personal, professional, and insightful perspective on beauty as a threshold concept. This piece will help you understand beauty through the lens of a scientist, but also understand beauty as an ideal that is more central to the human experience.
If your school is interested in #STEAM education, you will find that Wilczek provides clarity around an integrated studies approach to “knowing.” I think he illustrates a pathway for how beauty could be used as a unifying theme to design an integrated approach learning.
I hope you enjoy listening to Wilczek express a different way of thinking about beauty. How can we help our students develop associative thinking skills that lead them to be “Wilczek-type” thinkers?