Browsing All posts tagged under »theories«

Teaching The Logic Of Scientific Discovery With Games – Part 1: Feynman Chess

February 29, 2012


“It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played – all over the world – if this is the world at all, you know.” Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Through the Looking-Glass’[1] Introduction There are many different analogies, models, and games used by teachers to try to explain what scientists do. This can be valuable,… [Read more…]

The Arrogant Humility of Scientific Inquiry (Part 1 of 2)

February 25, 2012


During my time teaching and speaking about physics, I have often met replies which speak of the ‘arrogance of science’. I presume this sometimes refers to particular scientists. This is doubtlessly the case, and I could name a few candidates. However, a more insidious accusation is that, somehow, the whole enterprise of scientific investigation is… [Read more…]

What is Strange About Quantum Physics? [Part 1: Random]

September 20, 2011


Al and the Casino Al doesn’t know why he still plays this game.  Before picking up the dice, he’s hesitant how to bet.  Not due to any anxiety; he couldn’t be calmer.  It’s the realization of his thorough indifference to ‘craps’ that makes him pause to reassess. “Why bother playing, when there’s no way of telling what’s… [Read more…]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 34 other followers