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Kragh, Helge – Science & Education, 2015
For more than a century the notion of a pre-established harmony between the mathematical and physical sciences has played an important role not only in the rhetoric of mathematicians and theoretical physicists, but also as a doctrine guiding much of their research. Strongly mathematized branches of physics, such as the vortex theory of atoms…
Descriptors: Mathematics, Physics, Physical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Redish, Edward F.; Kuo, Eric – Science & Education, 2015
Mathematics is a critical part of much scientific research. Physics in particular weaves math extensively into its instruction beginning in high school. Despite much research on the learning of both physics and math, the problem of how to effectively include math in physics in a way that reaches most students remains unsolved. In this paper, we…
Descriptors: Physics, Epistemology, Science Education, Educational Research
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Brush, Stephen G. – Science & Education, 2015
In a famous 1960 paper, Wigner discussed "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences." I suggest that the effectiveness of mathematics in producing successful new theories and surprising discoveries is even more unreasonable than Wigner claimed. In this paper, I present several historical case studies to…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Case Studies, Natural Sciences, Scientific Concepts
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Hansson, Lena; Hansson, Örjan; Juter, Kristina; Redfors, Andreas – Science & Education, 2015
This article discusses the role of mathematics during physics lessons in upper-secondary school. Mathematics is an inherent part of theoretical models in physics and makes powerful predictions of natural phenomena possible. Ability to use both theoretical models and mathematics is central in physics. This paper takes as a starting point that the…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Students, Science Instruction, Observation
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Matthews, Michael R. – Science & Education, 2015
These reflections range over some distinctive features of the journal "Science & Education," they acknowledge in a limited way the many individuals who over the past 25 years have contributed to the success and reputation of the journal, they chart the beginnings of the journal, and they dwell on a few central concerns--clear writing…
Descriptors: Reflection, Journal Articles, Bibliometrics, Science Education
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Kneubil, Fabiana B.; Robilotta, Manoel R. – Science & Education, 2015
We study the interconnection between Physics and Mathematics in concrete instances, departing from the usual expression for the Coulomb electric field, produced by a point-like charge. It is scrutinized by means of six epistemology-intensive questions and radical answers are proposed, intended to widen one's understanding of the subject. Our…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Mäntylä, Terhi; Hämäläinen, Ari – Science & Education, 2015
The language of physics is mathematics, and physics ideas, laws and models describing phenomena are usually represented in mathematical form. Therefore, an understanding of how to navigate between phenomena and the models representing them in mathematical form is important for a physics teacher so that the teacher can make physics understandable…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Mathematics, Scientific Principles
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Gingras, Yves – Science & Education, 2015
In order to show how formal analogies between different physical systems play an important conceptual work in physics, this paper analyzes the evolution of Einstein's thoughts on the structure of radiation from the point of view of the formal analogies he used as "lenses" to "see" through the "black box" of Planck's…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis
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López-Gay, R.; Martinez Sáez, J.; Martinez Torregrosa, J. – Science & Education, 2015
The process of the mathematization of physical situations through differential calculus requires an understanding of the justification for and the meaning of the differential in the context of physics. In this work, four different conceptions about the differential in physics are identified and assessed according to their utility for the…
Descriptors: Physics, Barriers, Calculus, Mathematical Applications
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Kjeldsen, Tinne Hoff; Lützen, Jesper – Science & Education, 2015
In this paper, we discuss the history of the concept of function and emphasize in particular how problems in physics have led to essential changes in its definition and application in mathematical practices. Euler defined a function as an analytic expression, whereas Dirichlet defined it as a variable that depends in an arbitrary manner on another…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Physics, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Garik, Peter; Garbayo, Luciana; Benétreau-Dupin, Yann; Winrich, Charles; Duffy, Andrew; Gross, Nicholas; Jariwala, Manher – Science & Education, 2015
For nearly a decade we have taught the history and philosophy of science as part of courses aimed at the professional development of physics teachers. The focus of the history of science instruction is on the stages in the development of the concepts and theories of physics. For this instruction, we designed activities to help the teachers…
Descriptors: Physics, Science History, Scientific Concepts, Science Teachers
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Tala, Suvi; Vesterinen, Veli-Matti – Science & Education, 2015
Understanding nature of science (NOS) is widely considered an important educational objective and views of NOS are closely linked to science teaching and learning. Thus there is a lively discussion about what understanding NOS means and how it is reached. As a result of analyses in educational, philosophical, sociological and historical research,…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Science Instruction, Scientists, Interviews
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Legates, David R.; Soon, Willie; Briggs, William M.; Monckton of Brenchley, Christopher – Science & Education, 2015
Agnotology is the study of how ignorance arises via circulation of misinformation calculated to mislead. Legates et al. ("Sci Educ" 22:2007-2017, 2013) had questioned the applicability of agnotology to politically-charged debates. In their reply, Bedford and Cook ("Sci Educ" 22:2019-2030, 2013), seeking to apply agnotology to…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Science Education, Climate, Ecology
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Stuckey, Marc; Heering, Peter; Mamlok-Naaman, Rachel; Hofstein, Avi; Eilks, Ingo – Science & Education, 2015
This paper discusses essential elements of the philosophical works of Ludwik Fleck (1896-1961) and their potential interpretation for the teaching and learning of science. In the early twentieth century, Fleck made substantial contributions to understanding the sociological character of the nature of science and explaining the embedding of science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Sciences, Science and Society, Philosophy
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Hadzigeorgiou, Yannis – Science & Education, 2015
This paper outlines the rationale underpinning the conception of science education as sociopolitical action, and then presents a critique of such a conception from the perspective of liberal education. More specifically, the paper discusses the importance of the conception of science education as sociopolitical action (e.g., it can provide…
Descriptors: Science Education, Social Influences, Political Issues, Liberal Arts
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