International Handbook of Research in History Philosophy and Science Teaching

Author: Michael R. Matthews
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9400776543
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This inaugural handbook documents the distinctive research field that utilizes history and philosophy in investigation of theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in the teaching of science and mathematics. It is contributed to by 130 researchers from 30 countries; it provides a logically structured, fully referenced guide to the ways in which science and mathematics education is, informed by the history and philosophy of these disciplines, as well as by the philosophy of education more generally. The first handbook to cover the field, it lays down a much-needed marker of progress to date and provides a platform for informed and coherent future analysis and research of the subject. The publication comes at a time of heightened worldwide concern over the standard of science and mathematics education, attended by fierce debate over how best to reform curricula and enliven student engagement in the subjects. There is a growing recognition among educators and policy makers that the learning of science must dovetail with learning about science; this handbook is uniquely positioned as a locus for the discussion. The handbook features sections on pedagogical, theoretical, national, and biographical research, setting the literature of each tradition in its historical context. It reminds readers at a crucial juncture that there has been a long and rich tradition of historical and philosophical engagements with science and mathematics teaching, and that lessons can be learnt from these engagements for the resolution of current theoretical, curricular and pedagogical questions that face teachers and administrators. Science educators will be grateful for this unique, encyclopaedic handbook, Gerald Holton, Physics Department, Harvard University This handbook gathers the fruits of over thirty years’ research by a growing international and cosmopolitan community Fabio Bevilacqua, Physics Department, University of Pavia

Science and Society

Author: Peter Galison
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 9780415937146
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Modern science has changed every aspect of life in ways that cannot be compared to developments of previous eras. This four-volume set presents key developments within modern physical science and the effects of these discoveries on modern global life. The first two volumes explore the history of the concept of relativity, the cultural roots of science, the concept of time and gravity before, during, and after Einstein's theory, and the cultural reception of relativity. Volume 3 explores the impact of modern science upon global politics and the creation of a new kind of war, and Volume 4 details the old and new efforts surrounding the elucidation of the quantum world, as well as the cultural impact of particle physics. The four thematically organized volumes in this collection This reprint collection pools the best scholarship available, collected from a large array of difficult to acquire books, journals, and pamphlets. Each volume begins with an introductory essay, written by one of the top scholars in thehistory of science. Students and scholars of modern culture, science, and society will find these volumes a veritable research gold mine. Available as single volumes or as a set: * Vol. 1:The Roots of Special Relativity 350 pp*[0-415-93715-9] * Vol. 2:The Roots of General Relativity 350 pp*[0-415-93716-7] * Vol. 3:Physical Sciences and the Language ofWar 350 pp*[0-415-93717-5] * Vol. 4:Quantum Histories 350 pp*[0-415-93718-3]

E C G Stueckelberg An Unconventional Figure of Twentieth Century Physics

Author: Jan Lacki
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9783764388782
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Born in 1905, Ernst C. G. Stueckelberg was professor of theoretical physics at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne in the years 1930-1970. He was one of the most eminent Swiss physicists of the 20th century. His breakthroughs, from his causal S-matrix to the renormalization group, have influenced the development of contemporary theoretical physics. The book presents a selection of his most important scientific papers. They are preceded with a series of introductory essays, contributed by scientists and historians, specialists of Stueckelberg’s achievements and time. These essays deal with the scientific context and the issues of the various topics that Stueckelberg tackled in his scientific career and serve as an enlightening complement to the reprinted papers. The volume also contains Stueckelberg’s concise biography and an exhaustive list of his publications. It ambitions to provide an authoritative source gathering in a single place all the material needed to assess the scientific achievements of one of the most important, albeit somehow overlooked, scientists of 20th century.

Science in the 20th Century and Beyond

Author: Jon Agar
Publisher: Polity
ISBN: 0745634699
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Surveying modern developments in science from 1900 to the present day, this fascinating volume explores Einstein's new physics, the Manhattan Project, eugenics, biotechnology, the Human Genome Project and much more.

L on Rosenfeld

Author: Anja Skaar Jacobsen
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814307815
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This book is a social-intellectual biography of the Belgian physicist Léon Rosenfeld (1904–1974). Rosenfeld was at the center of modern theoretical physics and he became the Danish physicist Niels Bohr's right-hand man. Rosenfeld was a perceptive, polyglot cosmopolitan, whose life crossed those of many important people in many countries. He was also a strong integrated personality capable of performing exotic calculations at one moment, while disentangling subtle philosophical questions or intervening in a political discussion the next — all at the highest level. This book aims at a broad audience interested in contextual history of twentieth century physics. No specialized knowledge of physics is required to read it.

The Invention of Modern Science

Author: Isabelle Stengers
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816630554
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"The Invention of Modern Science proposes a fruitful way of going beyond the apparently irreconcilable positions, that science is either "objective" or "socially constructed." Instead, suggests Isabelle Stengers, one of the most important and influential philosophers of science in Europe, we might understand the tension between scientific objectivity and belief as a necessary part of science, central to the practices invented and reinvented by scientists."--pub. desc.


Author: Charlotte Bigg
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Bis heute ist "das Atom" Gegenstand von Auseinandersetzungen in Wissenschaft, Kultur und Politik Ư von Becquerels Entdeckung der Radioaktivität bis zum Reaktorunfall in Tschernobyl, von den Nachweisen subatomarer Teilchen bis zu Hiroshima und Atomtests, von der Entwicklung molekularer Modelle bis zur Nanotechnologie. Konzept und Vorstellung des "Atoms" waren Wandlungen unterworfen, die wesentlich durch Bilder hervorgebracht und geprägt wurden. Wissenschaftler unterschiedlicher Disziplinen gehen diesem Eigenwert des Bildlichen nach.

Weimar Culture and Quantum Mechanics

Author: Alexei Kojevnikov
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814293121
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This volume reprints Paul Forman''s classic papers on the history of the scientific profession in post-World War I Germany and the invention of quantum mechanics. The Forman thesis became famous for its demonstration of the cultural conditioning of scientific knowledge, in particular by showing the historical connection between the culture of Weimar Germany OCo known for its irrationality and antiscientism OCo and the emerging concept of quantum acausality. From the moment of its publication, Forman''s research provoked intense historical and philosophical debates. In 2007, participants at an international conference in Vancouver, Canada, discussed the implications of the Forman thesis for contemporary historiography. Their contributions collected in this volume represent cutting-edge research on the history of the quantum revolution and of German science."