Thinking in Physics

The pleasure of reasoning and understanding

Authors: Viennot, Laurence

  • Offers practical examples of appropriate teaching practices
  • Emphasizes the value of the process of reasoning
  • Exposes many of the distorted or false interpretations common in much current physics teaching
  • Includes a Foreword by Guy Aubert, former CNRS Director General
  • Enriched with illustrations, a comprehensive bibliography and online supplementary materials
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About this book

Read this book if you care about students really understanding physics and getting genuine intellectual satisfaction from doing so. Read it too if you fear that this goal is out of reach – you may be surprised! Laurence Viennot here shows ways to deal with the awkward fact that common sense thinking is often not the same as scientific thinking. She analyses examples of frequent and widespread errors and confusions, which provide a real eye-opener for the teacher. More than that, she shows ways to avoid and overcome them. The book argues against over-emphasis on “fun” applications, demonstrating that students also enjoy and value clear thinking.
The book has three parts:
• making sense of special scientific ways of reasoning (words, images, functions)
• making connections between very different topics, each illuminating the other
• simplifying, looking for consistency and avoiding incoherent over-simplification
The book is enhanced with supplementary online materials that will allow readers to further expand their teaching or research interests and think about them more deeply.

About the authors

Laurence Viennot is emeritus professor at the Université Denis Diderot (Paris 7) and contributed to the creation of the LDPES (Laboratoire de Didactique de la Physique dans l'Enseignement Supérieur) laboratory, now part of the Laboratoire André Revuz. She has for a long time been responsible for the Master's course in science teaching, but devotes herself equally to training physics instructors. Her books and publications are recognised worldwide as sources of reference (Teaching Physics, Enquête sur le concept de causalité, etc.).
Previous books:
VIENNOT L. 1979. Le raisonnement spontané en dynamique élémentaire. Paris : Hermann.
VIENNOT L. 1996. Raisonner en physique: la part du sens commun. Avec la contribution de A. Benséghir, H. Caldas, F.Chauvet, J.L. Closset, W. Kaminski, L. Maurines, J. Menigaux, S. Rainson, S. Rozier, E. Saltiel, Bruxelles: De Boeck.
VIENNOT L. 2002. Razonar en fisica. La contribucion del sentido comun. Trad: M.J. Pozo Municio. Madrid: Ant Machado libros (Visor Distribuciones).
VIENNOT L. 2001. Reasoning in Physics   The part of common sense, Trad. A. Moisy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Ac. Pub.
VIENNOT L. 2002. Enseigner la Physique. Avec la collaboration de U.Besson, F. Chauvet, P. Colin, C. Hirn-Chaine, W. Kaminski, S. Rainson. Bruxelles: De Boeck.
VIENNOT L. 2003. Teaching physics. With the collaboration of U. Besson, F. Chauvet, P. Colin, C. Hirn-Chaine, W. Kaminski, S. Rainson. Trad. M. Greenwood & A. Moisy. Dordrecht: Kluwer Ac. Pub.
VIENNOT L. & DEBRU C. (Eds.) 2003. Enquête sur le concept de causalité. Paris: PUF.
VIENNOT L (Dir.) 2009. Didactique, épistémologie et histoire des sciences – Penser l’enseignement. Collection Sciences, histoire et société, Paris : PUF.
VIENNOT, L. 2011. En physique, pour comprendre . Collection Grenoble Sciences. Paris : EDP Sciences.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Essential tools for comprehension

    Viennot, Laurence

    Pages 3-10

  • Some surprising invariances

    Viennot, Laurence

    Pages 11-18

  • Analysis of functional dependence: a powerful tool

    Viennot, Laurence

    Pages 19-30

  • Putting things into practice

    Viennot, Laurence

    Pages 31-51

  • Links between phenomena in terms of type of functional dependence

    Viennot, Laurence

    Pages 55-68

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8666-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-017-8665-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0201-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thinking in Physics
Book Subtitle
The pleasure of reasoning and understanding
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8666-9
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8666-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8665-2
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0201-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 161
Number of Illustrations and Tables
53 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Original French edition published by EDP Sciences, Collection Grenoble Sciences, Paris, 2011
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