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International Symposium on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Science

3 June 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

International Symposium on the Aesthetic Dimensions of Science:
Beauty, Awe, and Wonder in Scientific Inquiry

Sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology and the Sociology Department with support from the Templeton Religion Trust

How do aesthetic factors such as beauty, awe, and wonder shape the practice of science? Are such experiences help or hindrance to scientific progress? And do they vary across disciplines and national cultures?

Join us for an international symposium that explores these questions, hosted by IHE Fellow Brandon Vaidyanathan.

Speakers include:

  • James McAllister (Philosophy, Leiden University)
  • Robert Gilbert (Biology, University of Oxford)
  • Mario Livio (Astrophysics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
  • Duilia DeMello (Astrophysics, Catholic University of America/NASA)
  • Renny Thomas (Sociology, University of Delhi)
  • Stefano Sbalchiero (Sociology, University of Padova)

To learn more and to RSVP, click here.

For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.


3 June 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


McGivney Hall’s Keane Auditorium at the Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC United States
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