Mentors, gurus, and institutions of higher learning in the arts and the sciences
The in-depth, systematic study of the sciences and the arts requires and depends on the guidance of a teacher or a गुरु (guru; literally meaning "venerable" or "respectable"), most often in an institute of higher learning. In addition to knowledge and expertise, a guru also sets the student on a path to attaining knowledge on their own.
In my science and dance worlds, I have benefitted from the time, expertise, and grace of many gurus who have taught me so much not only about the relevant disciplines, but also the approach of being an independent scientist, dancer, and scholar.
Over the next several posts, I will highlight my gurus, and talk to them about how they view teaching and pedagogy!
Beauty in Science
Is science beautiful?
If we think of “beauty” as something pleasing to our senses and our spirit, science is beautiful. Many aspects of science are beautiful!
The joy of discovery is beautiful, as are some outputs of science such as images and waveforms. At its heart, science is a human endeavor, and the friendships made in the pursuit of science, the fun of traveling to conferences, presenting our work, and the immersion in science are all sources of beauty.
There is beauty in curiosity, wonder, and order, and in the pursuit of science itself.
What aspects of science are beautiful to you?
My name is Sloka. I am a neuroscientist and Bharatanatyam dancer; you can find more about me here.