Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Riccioli...not a cough drop but an astronomer
A paper on Giovanni Battista Riccioli...
What can physics students learn about science from those scientists who got the answers wrong? Your students probably have encountered little science history. What they have encountered probably has portrayed scientists as The People with the Right Answers. But those who got the wrong answers can teach students that in science answers are often elusive -- not found in the back of a book or discovered in a bold stroke of genius.
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"TEACHING GALILEO? GET TO KNOW RICCIOLI! WHAT A FORGOTTEN ITALIAN ASTRONOMER CAN TEACH STUDENTS ABOUT HOW SCIENCE WORKS " by Christopher M. Graney
Giovanni Battista Riccioli [Wikipedia]
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