Of metaphors & molecules: Bridging STEM & the arts

Square Roots: Illustration by Punya Mishra

What do President Kennedy’s speeches have to do with cell biology? And what does the vegetable “radish” have to do with mathematics or chemistry? Learn about all this and more in a soon to be published article where Danah Henriksen and I explore the use of figurative language as a bridge between the arts and STEM disciplines. Part of the fun in writing this article is that I got to create the illustrations that go with the article. These illustrations are reproduced below (click on them to see larger versions). Citation and link to a pre-publication version below…

Henriksen, D. & Mishra, P. (2018). Of metaphors and molecules: Figurative language bridging STEM and the arts in educationLeonardo. Just Accepted publication Jan 25, 2018. doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01607

Figure 1. Multiple metaphors for energy. 

Figure 2: Complex systems are dynamic, self-organizing, evolving networks that can operate without central control (e.g. ant colonies, rainforests, human brains, or cities).

Figure 3. Chiasmus, Chi and chiasmata.

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