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Scientific Analogies and Their Use in Teaching Science
Analogy in science knew its successes and failures, as illustrated by examples from the eighteenth-century physics. At times, some scientists abstained from using a certain analogy on the ground thatExpand
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Changing a Theory: The Case of Volta’s Contact Electricity
Volta’s theory of contact electricity was introduced in 1792 and had been in use for about a century. Its early development – 1792-1800 – has been extensively discussed in the framework of theExpand
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Book Reviews - ISIS: History of the Principle of Interference of Light
As stated in 1.3, Young wanted to build a mathematical theory of periodical colors. Before examining this theory, let us see how this problem had been considered before Young.
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Scientific Controversies in Teaching Science: The Case of Volta
This paper discusses a way of introducing ascientific controversy, which emphasizes objectiveaspects of such issues as multiple theoreticalinterpretation of phenomena, choosing a theory,insistence onExpand
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Errors in Science and their Treatment in Teaching Science
This paper analyses the real origin and nature of scientific errors against claims of science critics, by examining a number of examples from the history of electricity and optics. This analysisExpand
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Chance in Science: The Discovery of Electromagnetism by H.C. Oersted
Ignoring the role of chance in science distorts the nature of the scientific process. Teachers can address this issue by means of several in-depth historical case studies, such as the discovery ofExpand
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A History of Science Approach to the Nature of Science: Learning Science by Rediscovering it
My interest in teaching the nature of science came from attempts to integrate history into physics courses for teachers at the Bakken Library and Museum beginning in 1985. Expand
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A Law of Physics in the Classroom: The Case of Ohm’s Law
Difficulties in learning Ohm’s Law suggest a need to refocus it from the law for a part of the circuit to the law for the whole circuit. Such a revision may improve understanding of Ohm’s Law and itsExpand
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The Window of Opportunity: Logic and Chance in Becquerel's Discovery of Radioactivity
Abstract. The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel is frequently called serendipitous, because on March 1, 1896, he developed “unexposed” photographic plates, which he had kept near aExpand
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Discovery in Science and in Teaching Science
Abstract.A proper presentation of scientific discoveries may allow science teachers to eliminate certain myths about the nature of science, which originate from an uncertainty among scholars aboutExpand
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