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ERIC Number: EJ848947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
The Nature of Light: I. A Historical Survey Up to the Pre-Planck Era and Implications for Teaching
Oon, Pey Tee; Subramaniam, R.
Physics Education, v44 n4 p384-391 Jul 2009
The objective of this article is to contribute to the scant literature that exists on historical developments on the nature of light. It traces the nature of light from the times of the ancient Greeks to the classical theories prior to Planck. The development of thought that characterizes the evolution of a concept in physics over time affords opportunities to see how it is shaped to the level of present-day understanding. A case is made for incorporating the historical development of ideas in the teaching of physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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