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The Pendulum

Scientific, Historical, Philosophical and Educational Perspectives

Editors: Matthews, Michael R., Gauld, Colin F., Stinner, Arthur (Eds.)

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The pendulum is a universal topic in primary and secondary schools, but its full potential for learning about physics, the nature of science, and the relationships between science, mathematics, technology, society and culture is seldom realised.

Contributions to this 32-chapter anthology deal with the science, history, methodology and pedagogy of pendulum motion. There is ample material for the richer and more cross-disciplinary treatment of the pendulum from elementary school, to high school, and through to advanced university classes.

Scientists will value the studies on the physics of the pendulum; historians will appreciate the detailed treatment of Galileo, Huygens, Newton and Foucault’s pendulum investigations; psychologists and educators will learn from the papers on Piaget; teachers will welcome the many contributions to pendulum pedagogy.

All readers will come away with a new awareness of the importance of the pendulum in the foundation and development of modern science; and for its centrality in so many facets of society and culture.

 

 

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Michael Matthews is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. He has degrees in science, philosophy, psychology, history and philosophy of science, and education. He publishes in the fields of science education, history and philosophy of science, and philosophy of education. He is the author of five books, the editor of six anthologies, and the Foundation Editor of the journal Science & Education.

 

Colin Gauld is a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. After taking a PhD in physics, he taught high school physics, lectured in physics education, and was senior examiner of physics in the state of New South Wales. He researches the role of history and philosophy of science in science teaching, and the relationship between religion and science.

 

Arthur Stinner is a professor of science education in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba. He holds undergraduate degrees in physics, modern languages and education, an MSc in physics, and a PhD in science education. His research interests are focused on relating the history and philosophy of science to science teaching, and the development of large context problems in physics.

Table of contents (32 chapters)

Table of contents (32 chapters)
  • The Pendulum: Its Place in Science, Culture and Pedagogy

    Matthews, Michael R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • The Pendulum in the 21st Century-Relic or Trendsetter

    Peters, Randall D.

    Pages 19-35

  • The Pendulum: A Paradigm for the Linear Oscillator

    Newburgh, Ronald

    Pages 37-47

  • Introduction to the Treatment of Non-Linear Effects Using a Gravitational Pendulum

    Weltner, Klaus (et al.)

    Pages 49-66

  • Experimental Control of Simple Pendulum Model

    Medina, César (et al.)

    Pages 67-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pendulum
Book Subtitle
Scientific, Historical, Philosophical and Educational Perspectives
Editors
  • Michael R. Matthews
  • Colin F. Gauld
  • Arthur Stinner
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-3526-5
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-3526-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-3525-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 542
Additional Information
Partly reprinted from SCIENCE & EDUCATION, Vol. 13, Nos.4-5 and Vol. 13 Nos. 7-8
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