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Cosmology and Science Education: Problems and Promises

By Helge Kragh

Abstract

Cosmology differs in some respects significantly from other sciences, primarily because of its intimate association with issues of a conceptual and philosophical nature. Because cosmology in the broader sense relates to the world views held by students, it provides a means for bridging the gap between the teaching of science and the teaching of humanistic subjects. Students should of course learn to distinguish between what is right and wrong about the science of the universe. No less importantly, they should learn to recognize the limits of science and that there are questions about nature that may forever remain unanswered. Cosmology, more than any other science, is well suited to illuminate issues of this kind.Comment: 37 page

Topics: Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics, Physics - Physics Education
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:arXiv.org:1212.1592

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