Following in Einstein's Footsteps

young Einstein footsteps
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Creating a new theory is not like destroying an old barn and erecting a skyscraper in its place. It is rather like climbing a mountain, gaining new and wider views, discovering unexpected connections between our starting points and its rich environment. But the point from which we started out still exists and can be seen, although it appears smaller and forms a tiny part of our broad view gained by the mastery of the obstacles on our adventurous way up. (Albert Einstein & Leopold Infeld, 1938)


How can we modernise physics education? I published an opinion piece on this question in the January 2022 edition of the History & Philosophy of Science & Science Teaching (HPS&ST) newsletter. In the piece, I suggest we can make Einstein’s ideas more accessible and foster motivation among young learners if we include perspectives of history and philosophy of science in our instructional practices. Building on my PhD research, I also suggest three instructional opportunities to do such that. Take a look at the piece and let me know what you think 🙂

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