ERIC Number: ED257678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Scientific Literacy: Where Did It Come From? Where Is It Going?
Hammond, Dick E.
This paper examines how the revolution in human thinking, with the smaller revolution in astronomy begun by Nicolus Copernicus, has plunged science educators into the new Age of Information. Examples which illustrate this development and change in human thinking (from Copernicus' time to the present) are provided from such disciplines as astronomy, geology, physics, chemistry, psychology, the biological sciences, mathematics, sociology, and information science. These examples focus on such areas as the thermodynamics of open and closed systems, the second law of thermodynamics, energy, matter, heredity, development of the entropy concept, and the relationship between entropy, order, and life. The paper concludes by pointing out that unlike the old, classical laws of thermodynamics, the new laws of information indicate that information, genetic or unlearned: (1) exists in the arrangement of matter; (2) regulates time, organizes matter, and controls energy flow; (3) is inversely related to entropy; and (4) is created and destroyed. The reward of learning about how the evolution in human thought is propelling us into an exciting future is a benefit for adolescents examining this material. (JN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials; Opinion Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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