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Special Issue: The Power of Wonder

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Ann NY Acad Sci editorial staff

Special Issue: The Power of Wonder

Published: October 2021

Volume 1501

Published since 1824, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences is the Academy’s premier scientific publication.

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The power of wonder

Richard Rass


The power of wonder

Steve Paulson


Unpacking wonder: from curiosity to comprehension

Steve Paulson, Michelle “Lani” Shiota, Caspar Henderson, Alexei V. Filippenko


Beyond oneself: the ethics and psychology of awe

Steve Paulson, Lisa Sideris, Jennifer Stellar, Piercarlo Valdesolo


The enigma of life: confronting marvels at the edges of science

Steve Paulson, Marcelo Gleiser, Tania Lombrozo, Gavin Francis



Is wonder at the scientific enterprise good for us, and for our relationship to the natural world?

Lisa H. Sideris


Stop making sense?

Piercarlo Valdesolo


Science and awe

Marcelo Gleiser


Awe helps us remember why it is important to forget the self

Jennifer E. Stellar


Awe, wonder, and the human mind

Michelle N. Shiota