ERIC Number: ED414206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
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Figurative Thinking and the Nature of Physics.
Scientific language is not simply for recording facts but it is also an instrument of thought. It has a central role in not only developing a sense of social identity for members of the scientific community and students in the classroom but also in inculcating views on the nature of science and reality itself. Physicists have created a language in which the fundamental components and symmetries of the world cannot be observed. It is not the case that there is a non-metaphorical physics that has to be made intelligible using figurative language--analogy and metaphor are inherent in the nature of physics. Figurative thinking lies at the heart of scientific thinking. Some results of an empirical investigation of students' conceptions of figurative language are described following an analysis of the nature of metaphors, analogies, and models. Contains 55 references. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Thinking (7th, Singapore, June 1-6, 1997).