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ERIC Number: EJ1006687
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Art and Craft of Science
Root-Bernstein, Robert; Root-Bernstein, Michele
Educational Leadership, v70 n5 p16-21 Feb 2013
Walter Alvarez, a doctor and physiologist of some renown, decided to send his scientifically talented son, Luis, to an arts and crafts school where Luis took industrial drawing and woodworking instead of calculus. Luis Alvarez won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1968. Einstein was certainly not a standout in his mathematics and physics classes. Yet he also ended up with a Nobel Prize. Swedish biochemist Hans von Euler-Chelpin was a direct descendant of the Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler; Hans's science-centered family may not have been too happy when he focused on fine arts in college. Twenty years later, in 1929, he won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. There's a pattern here. As exemplars of the highest order, Alvarez, Einstein, and von Euler-Chelpin highlight the often overlooked, yet unexpectedly widespread and profoundly important interactions that occur among the arts, crafts, and sciences. For all these reasons, finding ways to foster arts education alongside science education--and, even better, finding ways to integrate the two--must become a high priority for any school that wants to produce students capable of creative participation in a science-dominated society.
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Language: English
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