Ideas

Similes and Science, Part 2

August 30, 2016

Spiral galaxy NGC 6782 (Nasa/Getty Images)
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Central to the quest of understanding the universe is the role that the imagination plays. Physicists Dr. S. James Gates and Sonali Mohapatra discuss the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination.  53:58

The Big Bang, string theory, black holes. Theoretical physics may conjure up complicated equations filling up several blackboards.  But central to the quest of understanding the universe is the role that the imagination plays. And that means the creation of images through simile and metaphor -- usually the purview of novelists and poets. Four prominent physicists join host Paul Kennedy in conversation about the vitality and centrality of the scientific imagination. ** This episode originally aired September 17, 2015.


 

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