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About e=mc2andallthat

Physics teacher of over 20 years experience who still enjoys teaching (well, most of the time anyway). He lives in London with his lovely wife and insane cat. Please follow him on Twitter @emc2andallthat

The p-prim path to enlightenment…?

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The Duke of Wellington was once asked how he defeated Napoleon. He replied: “Napoleon’s plans were made of wire. Mine were made of little bits of string.” In other words, Napoleon crafted his plans…

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Room 808

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MiniEd: the Ministry of Education, Airstrip One, Oceania It was a warm but overcast day in late August and the clocks were striking thirteen. Mr Winston Smith, Principal of the Victory G+MINDSET Academy (formerly…

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Still Working Away In Our Silos (Thank Goodness)

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If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly. –G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong With The World (1910) Why are teachers beavering away in their individual silos, each one of us spending…

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IoP Energy: Once More Unto The Breach…

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Why do we make these analogies? It is not just to co-opt words but to co-opt their inferential machinery. Some deductions that apply to motion and space also apply nicely to possession, circumstances and…

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IoP Energy: It’s About The Physics, Stupid!

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[I]t is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish that lies in the way to knowledge;- which certainly had been very…

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IoP Energy: Notes Towards A Diagrammatic Teaching Approach?

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After a fascinating discussion led by the excellent Alex Weatherall (click here to participate in his Google doc Physics-fest — and follow @A_Weatherall on Twitter for more), I was thinking on possible teaching approaches for energy.…

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The Gamesters of Sparta

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Sir. It must be considered, that a man who only does what every one of the society to which he belongs would do, is not a dishonest man. In the republick of Sparta, it…

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