Humans have an amazing ability to think beyond the borders of present-day reality—to imagine scenarios that do not, or have yet to, exist. It is precisely this capacity for imagination that allows people to excel at science, technology, and engineering. People in scientific and technical fields spend their days seeking new ideas and alternatives to the status quo. And for that, creativity is critical.
Below, we present Academy publications, podcasts, and events to get your creative juices flowing. Learn how imagination manifests in the lab, the classroom, the kitchen, and even in your dreams—and how it all relates to science.
Your Creative Mind
Why is creativity so important to scientific success? And what can scientists do to boost flagging creativity? Read about how creativity may just be a scientist's secret weapon in the new bonus issue of The New York Academy of Sciences Magazine.
Are science and art at odds, or can they influence each for mutual benefit? Read about a 2007 conference that paired artists with scientists to explore the related themes in their work.
Think teaching middle school science doesn't require imagination? Think again! Listen to Kelly Vaughan recount her efforts to transport crustaceans to the classroom in an attempt to engage her students.
Have you ever wondered whether the amount of time kids spend on digital games, From FoldIt to Angry Birds, will rot their brains or help their development? An increasing body of scientific research demonstrates social, neurological, and learning benefits to people who play games.
Learn how Myhrvold, a former Microsoft CTO, combines a passion for food with a scientific approach to cuisine in his book Modernist Cuisine: the Art and Science of Cooking. You'll also read about some of Myhrvold's most adventurous meals, from dried shark to Sardinian "maggot cheese."
On Friday, November 9, join Science & the City for a panel that will explore dream worlds and the subconscious. Learn what the mind is doing while we sleep and what animals dream about from special guest David Randall, New York Times best-selling author of Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep.
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