The Pendulum: Its Place in Science, Culture and Pedagogy

@article{Matthews2004ThePI,
  title={The Pendulum: Its Place in Science, Culture and Pedagogy},
  author={Michael R. Matthews and Colin F. Gauld and Arthur Stinner},
  journal={Science \& Education},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={261-277}
}
The study and utilisation of pendulum motion has had immense scientific, cultural, horological, philosophical, and educational impact. The International Pendulum Project (IPP) is a collaborative research effort examining this impact, and demonstrating how historical studies of pendulum motion can assist teachers to improve science education by developing enriched curricular material, and by showing connections between pendulum studies and other parts of the school programme especially… 

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