Issue 61

Pantaneto Introductory Physics Series – Seven 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.




In “Physics Magic”, Nathaniel Lasry and Pierre-Osias Christin dress up physics demonstrations to students as magic tricks as a means of making student’s false pre-conceptions explicit – it also makes learning physics fun.


Many articles in the Pantaneto Forum straddle the divide between Science and Arts. In “Teaching Science Education with Poetry” Larissa Barbosa et al describe their science teaching in a public school in southern Brazil, which encourages students to learn by writing poems about different subjects in science.


Staying with the theme of science and poetry, in “Creative expression of science through poetry …” Sherry-Ann Brown explores and describes a number of examples of poetry used in science teaching from Haikus in neurological medicine to other areas of science and medicine.


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



Physics magic, Nathaniel Lasry and Pierre-Osias Christin


Teaching Science Education with poetry, Larissa M. Barbosa, Braulio Fonseca, Rossano A. Dal-Farra and Leticia A. Lopes


Creative expression of science through poetry and other media can enrich medical and science education, Sherry-Ann Brown 

Conference Report

The fifth biennial Science Matters (SciMat) conference “Interdisciplinary Education & Teaching in the 21st Century” Cascais, Portugal, October 28-30, 2015.