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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2014
This paper is the first part of a three-part project "How the principle of energy conservation evolved between 1842 and 1870: the view of a participant". This paper aims at showing how the new ideas of Mayer and Joule were received, what constituted the new theory in the period under study, and how it was supported experimentally. A…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Energy Conservation, Thermodynamics, Theories
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2011
This paper analyses the real origin and nature of scientific errors against claims of science critics, by examining a number of examples from the history of electricity and optics. This analysis leads to a conclusion that errors are a natural and unavoidable part of scientific process. If made available to students, through their science teachers,…
Descriptors: Optics, Science Teachers, Science Education, Energy
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2009
Difficulties in learning Ohm's Law suggest a need to refocus it from the law for a part of the circuit to the law for the whole circuit. Such a revision may improve understanding of Ohm's Law and its practical applications. This suggestion comes from an analysis of the history of the law's discovery and its teaching. The historical materials this…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Physics, Energy, Science Instruction
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2007
A proper presentation of scientific discoveries may allow science teachers to eliminate certain myths about the nature of science, which originate from an uncertainty among scholars about what constitutes a discovery. It is shown that a disagreement on this matter originates from a confusion of the act of discovery with response to it. It is…
Descriptors: Scientific Principles, Optics, Science Teachers, Science Education
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2005
Analogy in science knew its successes and failures, as illustrated by examples from the eighteenth-century physics. At times, some scientists abstained from using a certain analogy on the ground that it had not yet been demonstrated. Several false discoveries in the 18th and early 19th centuries appeared to support their caution. It is now clear…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Cognitive Psychology, Misconceptions, Science Instruction
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Kipnis, Nahum – Science & Education, 2005
Ignoring the role of chance in science distorts the nature of the scientific process. Teachers can address this issue by means of several in-depth historical case studies, such as the discovery of electromagnetism by Oersted. Oersted was led to his lecture experiment by logic (two new hypotheses), but its success from the first trial was largely…
Descriptors: Science History, Logical Thinking, Science Instruction, Magnets