Wednesday, May 24, 2017

[sicjuipl] On the beauty of things

Some people remain interested in mathematics, perhaps pursing it as a career, because they feel it is beautiful.  How is the appreciation of this beauty learned, or if it is innate, how is it unlearned in other people?  Obviously this applies to many other fields also.  Understanding this phenomenon is the key to STEM education, but I feel we are charging forward trying to increase STEM education without understanding it, so efforts may be wasted or in vain.

For a job application, can a prospective employer measure whether an applicant considers their field beautiful?  This may strongly influence employee productivity.

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