ERIC Number: ED313244
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Genius Is Not Immune to Persistent Misconceptions: Conceptual Difficulties Impeding Isaac Newton and Contemporary Physics Students.
Steinberg, Melvin S.; And Others
Recent research has shown that serious misconceptions frequently survive high school and university instruction in mechanics. It is interesting to inquire whether Newton himself encountered conceptual difficulties before he wrote the "Principia." This paper compares Newton's pre-"Principia" beliefs, based upon his writings, with those of contemporary students in the areas of impetus force and centrifugal force. The paper emphasizes the retarding effect on Newton's development of inappropriate but deep-rooted models at a qualitative level, and the extent to which his experience suggests the necessity for students to struggle conceptually in order to construct the models employed by physicists. Lists 9 references. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Scientific Reasoning Research Inst.