The Pendulum

Scientific, Historical, Philosophical and Educational Perspectives

  • Michael R. Matthews
  • Colin F. Gauld
  • Arthur Stinner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael R. Matthews, Colin Gauld, Arthur Stinner
      Pages 1-17
  3. Scientific Perspectives

    1. Klaus Weltner, Antonio Sergio C. Esperidião, Roberto Fernandes Silva Andrade, Paulo Miranda
      Pages 49-66
    2. César Medina, Sandra Velazco, Julia Salinas
      Pages 67-76
    3. Randall D. Peters
      Pages 77-88
  4. Historical Perspectives

    1. Peter Machamer, Brian Hepburn
      Pages 99-113
    2. Fabio Bevilacqua, Lidia Falomo, Lucio Fregonese, Enrico Giannetto, Franco Giudice, Paolo Mascheretti
      Pages 185-208
  5. Philosophical Perspectives

  6. Educational Perspectives

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 527-542

About this book


The pendulum is a universal topic in primary and secondary schools, but its full potential for learning about physics, the nature of science, and the relationships between science, mathematics, technology, society and culture is seldom realised.

Contributions to this 32-chapter anthology deal with the science, history, methodology and pedagogy of pendulum motion. There is ample material for the richer and more cross-disciplinary treatment of the pendulum from elementary school, to high school, and through to advanced university classes.

Scientists will value the studies on the physics of the pendulum; historians will appreciate the detailed treatment of Galileo, Huygens, Newton and Foucault’s pendulum investigations; psychologists and educators will learn from the papers on Piaget; teachers will welcome the many contributions to pendulum pedagogy.

All readers will come away with a new awareness of the importance of the pendulum in the foundation and development of modern science; and for its centrality in so many facets of society and culture.




Potential children education energy experiment gravitation gravity philosophy philosophy of science physics quantum physics quantum theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael R. Matthews
    • 1
  • Colin F. Gauld
    • 1
  • Arthur Stinner
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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