For too long, science has had a bad rap, at least in a American public schools. Perhaps it was all those grave Sputnik-era public service announcements. Perhaps it was the unsettling feeling that came from knowing that it was scientists who created the atomic bomb. Somewhere along the line, the field came to be associated less with inspiration or perspiration, and more with cold, humorless men toiling away in white lab coats. (Yes, we use the word "men" purposefully -- as neuroscientist Joy Hirsch points out, both academia and the lab are still very male-dominated.)
Today we hope to put that stereotype to rest. Jason Gots examines the strangely persistent perception that reason and imagination are intrinsically opposed. Aren't the insights of Newton and Einstein as creative as the works of Blake?, he asks. Scientists certainly have the passion of any poet or composer. And they can be funny, too. Bill Nye explains how science education is like humor, arguing for a radical rethinking of the way science is taught--and perceived--in classrooms everywhere.