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Interdisciplinary Articles (Astronomy & the Humanities)

Poster for the play “Silent Sky” about Henrietta Leavitt

 

One of my favorite parts of exploring astronomy is finding connections between our understanding of the universe and other fields of human thought.   Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a number of distinguished interdisciplinary scholars, including my history of science professor Gerald Holton and my late friend and expert on physics-and-literature, Alan Friedman.  Tutored by them and many others, I have tried to look into the history of astronomy and into the inspiration it provides for the arts.  On this page, you will find articles connecting astronomy and the humanities, including music, poetry, fiction (including science fiction), and play and films.  I hope these pieces will allow you to discover the influence and inspiration astronomical ideas have had on our culture.

 

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy: Cosmic Fiction, Drama, and Poetry (from CAP Journal):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282356348_Interdisciplinary_Approaches_to_Astronomy_Cosmic_Fiction_Drama_and_Poetry

 

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Astronomy: The Music of the Spheres (from CAP Journal):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306746125_Interdisciplinary_Approaches_to_Astronomy_The_Music_of_the_Spheres

 

“Music of the Spheres” in Education: Using Astronomically Inspired Music (in Astronomy Education Review 2006):
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2006009

 

Music Inspired by Astronomy: A Resource Guide Organized by Topic (in Astronomy Education Review 2012): 
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2012043

 

Music of the Spheres: Astronomically-Inspired Music as an Education and Public Outreach Tool:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/234440922_Music_of_the_Spheres_Astronomy-Inspired_Music_as_an_EPO_Tool

 

Teaching Astronomy with Science Fiction (in Astronomy Education Review 2002):
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2002009

 

Science Fiction for Scientists (a review of 11 science fiction books with good science, from Nature Physics, 2016):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307611215_Special_Science_Fiction_for_Scientists

 

Astronomers who Write Science Fiction (a listing of names, living and deceased):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/305851624_Astronomers_Who_Write_Science_Fiction

 

Ten Science Fiction Writers for Scientists and Science Enthusiasts (article from Astronomy Beat 2012):
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261364023_Ten_Science_Fiction_Writers_for_Scientists_and_Science_Enthusiasts

 

Some Plays about Astronomers (an annotated listing, right on this website):
http://www.fraknoi.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Plays-and-Some-Films-about-Astronomers.pdf

 

Astronomy and Poetry: A Resource Guide (in Astronomy Education Review 2001):
http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/AER2001009

Interdisciplinary Articles (Astronomy & the Humanities) - Andrew Fraknoi - Astronomy Lectures - Astronomy Education Resources