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Science & Education

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 227–238 | Cite as

The impetus theory: Between history of physics and science education

  • Enrico Giannetto
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Abstract

Through a physical, historical and epistemological analysis it is shown how much is wrong with the idea that relates impetus theory to a “non-grown-up” physical and epistemological conception. Indeed, it yields that impetus theory of Buridan and Oresme can be formalised and can furnish us a “natural”, “non-violent” interpretation of (classical) mechanics as well as a more general, physical hermeneutics of the world. Then, the possible relevance of impetus theory for science education is strongly pointed out.

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Science Education Impetus Theory Epistemological Analysis Epistemological Conception 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Giannetto
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica “A. Volta”Università degli Studi di PaviaPaviaItaly

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