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  • A rejoinder to Sobel's comment on “Are most people too dumb for physics?” We read Michael Sobel's response with much interest and appreciate his enthusiasm and commitment to physics education. Yet, we continue to find that our goals and methods differ markedly. Foremost, because we do not agree that physics is a “different category” of hard which is accessible to a select few (i.e., “a certain sort of very bright student”), we cannot agree that ordinary, nonscience students must be taught a different kind of physics. We object to the idea of two “types” of physics—one for the layperson and one for the specialist. Physics must have relevance for everyone.

publication date

  • November 1, 2009

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • December 3, 2014 9:00 AM

Full Author List

  • Finkelstein N; Mazur E; Lasry N

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-921X

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-4928

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 484

end page

  • 484


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