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Re: [Phys-L] scientific method diagram

The comments below of two of the list members remind me of informal comments
made by Robert Pound (Nobel prize winner) and Edward Purcell (Nobel prize
winner) while both were at Harvard to a few of us physics majors. The
comments were something like: "Maybe we should show these students how this
stuff REALLY gets done. Not like this slick stuff we present in lecture all
well thought out and orderly."


Dr. Donald G. Polvani
Adjunct Lecturer, Physics
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, MD 21012

-----Original Message-----
From: Phys-l [] On Behalf Of Dr Keith S
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 1:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Phys-L] scientific method diagram

On 09/01/2013 18:15, Folkerts, Timothy J wrote:
2) Scientists may be partly to blame for the perceived "linear process"
of science because that is how the reports are written and presented to the
scientific community and to the public. While the process is indeed the
looping process you describe, the report is almost always linear:

Hi Tim

This was an argument made by the Nobel laureate, immunologist and essayist
Sir Peter Medawar:

Medawar, P. B. (1963/1990). Is the scientific paper a fraud? In P. B.
Medawar (Ed.), The Threat and the Glory (pp. 228-233). New York: Harper
Collins, 1990. (Reprinted from: The Listener, Volume 70: 12th September,

Best wishes



Dr. Keith S. Taber
Chair: Science, Technology & Mathematics Education Academic Group University
Reader in Science Education University of Cambridge Faculty of Education