How to Teach Scientific Imagination

Treating important concepts playfully, from Einstein to Richard Feynman to ‘Sim City’

In one of the most famous of his authentic quotes, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

This raises the interesting question of whether imagination—specifically, scientific imagination—can be taught. I can’t answer that definitively, but I can imagine some promising possibilities.

One way is to provide models. There are many books that convey accurate scientific knowledge, and many more for which scientific knowledge isn’t the point. The sweet spot between them is the place where important concepts are treated playfully…


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s