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Beauty and Religiosity in Science

Mar 9 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Beauty and Religiosity in Science

9 March 2023
Aula Minor, Angelicum

Language: English

Beauty and Science

What role does beauty play in science? To address this question, this lecture draws on data from the world’s first empirical study of the role of beauty in science, conducted in the UK, US, Italy, and India. After analyzing surveys of more than 3000 physicists and biologists and in-depth interviews with more than 200 of them, we identify ways in which scientists’ aesthetic experiences shape the practice of science and the well-being of scientists. The presentation will also assess the relationship between scientists’ aesthetic experiences and their religious / spiritual commitments.

About the Speaker: Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and HEC Montreal respectively, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Vaidyanathan’s research examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, medical, and scientific institutions, and has been published in journals such as Business and Society, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociology of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, and Work, Employment, and Society. His research has been funded by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, and the Lilly Endowment.

This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust (#TRT0296,PI: Brandon Vaidyanathan).

Watch the lecture on Youtube.


Mar 9
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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