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

February 29, 2012

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“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

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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

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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…]

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