While scientists continue their endeavor to see black holes by capturing images of the shadows they cast as they bend light around them, Janna Levin challenges them to go a step further and listen to the the “soundtrack” of the waves in space-time they leave in their wake. In doing so, she aims to reignite the sense of wonder and awe that inspired so many scientists before us to solve the “mysteries” of the universe.

What is the merit of scientific research that aims to answer important questions about our world but does not serve an immediate practical application? Should we heed Janna Levin’s advice and encourage wonder and imagination in children, or should we take a more pragmatic approach to education?

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