2005

The Pendulum

Scientific, Historical, Philosophical and Educational Perspectives

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ISBN: 978-1-4020-3525-8 (Print) 978-1-4020-3526-5 (Online)

Table of contents (32 chapters)

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  1. Introduction

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      Pages 1-17

      The Pendulum: Its Place in Science, Culture and Pedagogy

  2. Scientific Perspectives

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      Pages 19-35

      The Pendulum in the 21st Century-Relic or Trendsetter

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      Pages 37-47

      The Pendulum: A Paradigm for the Linear Oscillator

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      Pages 49-66

      Introduction to the Treatment of Non-Linear Effects Using a Gravitational Pendulum

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      Pages 67-76

      Experimental Control of Simple Pendulum Model

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      Pages 77-88

      Soup-can Pendulum

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      Pages 89-97

      What Makes the Foucault Pendulum Move among the Stars?

  3. Historical Perspectives

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      Pages 99-113

      Galileo and the Pendulum: Latching on to Time

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      Pages 115-125

      The Treatment of Cycloidal Pendulum Motion in Newton’s Principia

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      Pages 127-138

      Pendulums, Pedagogy, and Matter: Lessons from the Editing of Newton’s Principia

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      Pages 139-150

      The Treatment of the Motion of a Simple Pendulum in Some Early 18th Century Newtonian Textbooks

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      Pages 151-169

      Newton’s Path to Universal Gravitation: The Role of the Pendulum

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      Pages 171-183

      Léon Foucault: His Life, Times and Achievements

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      Pages 185-208

      The Pendulum: From Constrained Fall to the Concept of Potential

  4. Philosophical Perspectives

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      Pages 209-235

      Idealisation and Galileo’s Pendulum Discoveries: Historical, Philosophical and Pedagogical Considerations

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      Pages 237-265

      Pendula, Models, Constructivism and Reality

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      Pages 267-276

      The Poet and the Pendulum

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      Pages 277-291

      Methodology and Politics: A Proposal to Teach the Structuring Ideas of the Philosophy of Science through the Pendulum

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      Pages 293-302

      Degree of Influence on Perception of Belief and Social Setting: Its Relevance to Understanding Pendulum Motion

  5. Educational Perspectives

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      Pages 303-313

      Piaget and the Pendulum

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