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Of Science And Scientists; INTRODUCTION


Dr. Philippe LeCorbeiller and Gerald Holton of Harvard University.

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Of Science And Scientists
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Series of 23 programs. We tend to think of the sciences as potentially useful (air-conditioning) or possibly troublesome (Strontium-90). We accept or marvel at the revolutionary ? of science while giving little thought to the basic ideas, concepts, techniques that have gone into exploring, understanding and explaining our universe or in...our technical civilization. Such an understanding of science does not come ... Limited by time or opportunity, scientists do not often explain themselves to nonscientists. Also, the quality of science most difficult to the layman to understand is the indirect approach to the discovery of truths. Robert Frost summed up the problem...to his mind all science rested on the question, "How she differs from she's like." In attempting to teach physics or chemistry or geology, these programs suggest the ? and outlook of science. By analogy and demonstration, they reveal the ideas...scientific research and the truths that research uncovers. They give an indication of what the scientist can and cannot do. As one speaker says, "The important thing about science is not merely that it gives rise to technological miracles, but that it provides us with one of many guidebooks we need to find our way in this universe." As nonscientists are called upon to make decisions or concur in decisions that affect the future of scientific research and even the future of life, a knowledge of "how she differs from what she's like," may not only be useful, but necessary. By ...and demonstrating the guiding principles of science and scientists, these programs attempt to convey that increasingly necessary knowledge.

Featured personality: Dr. Philippe LeCorbeiller is Professor of Applied Physics and of General Education, Harvard University. He is host and program editor for Harvard in the television series, "Of Science and Scientists." A leader in Harvard's general education program since its beginning in 1946, when he started the course, "Principles of Physical Science," Professor LeCorbeiller was the first to be appointed professor of General Education in 1949, in addition to being professor of Applied Physics. A native of France, Dr. LeCorbeiller received his doctorate in science from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) in 1926. A...in electromechanical systems and circuit theory, Professor LeCorbeiller has written on a variety of scientific subjects. In addition to numerous articles in French and American periodicals on electrical communication, he is the author of "and Civilization in Part" in 1949, an article in the Atlantic Monthly, "Stars, ? and Nations -- Man in Transit," and the first of the Harvard monographs in applied science, "Matrix Analysis of Electrical Networks." Series release date: 1957

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Series description: WestEd; WGBH-TV; the Museum of Science, Boston; the Education Development Center; and Horizon Research, Inc. have produced a video collection and accompanying print materials entitled Teachers as Learners: Professional Development in Science and Mathematics.

These materials are based upon the book Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics by Susan Loucks-Horsley, Peter Hewson, Nancy Love, and Kathy Stiles. The tapes provide images of a variety of professional development for teachers of science and mathematics for grades K-12.

Designed primarily to catalyze and inform discussion, the video collection includes 18 videotapes. The purpose of the collection is to inspire those who design teacher learning experiences to reflect on elements of effective practice and consider enhancements in their own programs.



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Creshkoff, Lawrence (Series Producer)
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