Galileo and the pendulum: an example of living science

Journal title CADMO
Author/s Benedetto Vertecchi
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/1 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 1-11 File size 285 KB
DOI 10.3280/CAD2023-001001
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We describe a didactical activity in which we measure the isochronism of the small oscillations of a pendulum by means of a water clock, built by the students, inspired by Ctesibio’s clock (III century b. C.). The risks of a poorly designed didactic transposition are considered: first and foremost, that of fossilising scientific notions and losing the research work that sup- ports it. In particular, the relevance of movement and doing in learning the mathematical­scientific area is considered.

Keywords: laboratory teaching, history of science, didactic transposition, Galileo, pendulum.

Benedetto Vertecchi, Galileo. Scienza e sapienza. (Editoriale) in "CADMO" 1/2023, pp 1-11, DOI: 10.3280/CAD2023-001001