Issue 55

Pantaneto Introductory Physics SeriesSeven titles in this series have just become available and can be ordered direct from the publishers here.


Mindboggling: Preliminaries to a science of the mind   by Roy Harris.  Do you have a mind?  Answers to this question have divided Western thinkers for centuries, and still do.  Mindboggling sets out to identify a nucleus of basic issues about the mind, and present the main arguments for and against in each case.  Targeted to a lay readership, each chapter discusses a different theory, myth or idea about the mind.  Anticipate wails from theorists whose theories have been given short shrift.  Mindboggling is available from Amazon (including Kindle), from Bookshops or direct from Publishers.


Science on Television by Bienvenido León.

The book is a clear and systematic guide to the narrative and rhetorical techniques used by science documentary filmmakers. The book is priced at £18.50, but for direct orders we are offering a 20% discount.  The book is also available on Amazon Kindle.


Motivating Science is a collection of articles from the first five years of The Pantaneto Forum.  We are offering a 20% discount for direct orders.  The book is also available on Amazon Kindle.




Effective use of experimental inquiry in physics courses is paramount. Unfortunately, there are many teachers who lack a proper understanding of inquiry-oriented teaching methods and as a result students may not become as scientifically literate as they should be.  In his article, “Experimental inquiry in introductory physics courses”, Carl Wenning explores this problem.


In their article “When Should We Care About Sustainability?” the Lautensachs explore the balance between sustainability and human security (or insecurity), and highlight the importance that this should be given to sustainable growth.


Precise definitions and measurements of sustainability are problematic. In Rani Selvanathan’s article “Measuring Educational Sustainability”, various models of sustainability measures are analysed in the educational context.


Science and Music are a common theme, usually applied to Western music. In “Science and Folk Music”, Brij Gupta uses the example of Hindustani and other Folk Songs as part of a cultural tradition which Science shares.


The proceedings of the Science Matters conference, which we reported in Issue 28, October 2007, have been published and are available from the publishers – World Scientific.


Nigel Sanitt Editor

ISSN 1741-1572



Experimental Inquiry in Introductory Physics Course, Carl J. Wenning  


When Should We Care About Sustainability? Applying Human Security as the Decisive Criterion, Alexander K. Lautensach and Sabina W. Lautensach


Measuring Educational Sustainability, Rani G. Selvanathan


Science and Folk Music, Brij Mohan Gupta