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ERIC Number: ED099172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 345
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The Impact of the Philosophical Implications of the Relativity and Quantum Theories on the Teaching of College Physics.
Stambler, Seymour
The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent the breakdown of Newtonian classical physics and the new concepts of modern physics have changed the treatment of elementary physics in undergraduate college textbooks and to evaluate implications of the change. Forty-three textbooks published between 1910 and 1966 were examined and placed in one of two eras: 1910-1930 and 1930-1966. Problems leading to the formulation of the Relativity and Quantum Theories and implications thereof, including some of the philosophical reasoning since the time of Newton, were examined in order to investigate the consequences of changing styles in thinking. There were some evidences of change in treatment from classical to modern physics but the major focus in all books examined was on the classical approach. The investigator suggested that the authors of the books examined have not kept pace with the newer knowledge and changing socio-scientific conditions. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, New York University