One of the critical issues of our time is the disconnect between the humanities and sciences in both secondary schools and in higher education. Lack of crossover hurts both, says Dr. Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews, engineer, and author. In fact, most people don’t realize that western thought and civilization grew up around people responding to the math and sciences! Dr. Stokes gives practical advice to administrators and teachers from the top down who want to understand and pass on both of these disciplines to students. Sometimes opening your eyes is the first step to realizing what goes together…like bow ties and jackets.
Mitch Stokes is a Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College. In addition to studying philosophy under world-renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga, he received his PhD in Philosophy from Notre Dame and an MA in Religion from Yale. He also holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering and, prior to his teaching career, worked for an international engineering firm where he earned five patents in aeroderivative gas turbine technology. In addition to biographies of Newton and Galileo, his books include A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists (Thomas Nelson), How to Be an Atheist: Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough (Crossway), and Calculus for Everyone (forthcoming).