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Changing the Scientific Paradigm
- Creative Expressions - Advancing Knowledge - Helping Others - Reaching Common Goals -

"The essential nature of external reality, Comenius thought, could be conveyed by education to the simplest intelligence if all knowledge could be reduced to a basic principle."

- notion ascribed to John Amos Comenius (1592-1670), circa 1640 [Dobbs, Betty Jo Teeter, THE FOUNDATIONS OF NEWTON'S ALCHEMY, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1975 p. 60]

Get a *Feel* for modern science.

What do you get when you build a tetrahedron out of magnets?
Or, what are the five ways to align four rod magnets along the radii of a tetrahedron?

Acquire physical intuition directly. Feel it!

Use more robust symbols.

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  • Magnetic tetrahedra -- non-classical simple machines.
  • Lifelong learning.
  • Experience multiple states having variable mass density differing by one-half spin.

Magnetic tetrahedra provide multi-sensory feedback on:

  • states
  • anharmonic motion
  • influence of one-half spin
  • many-body field-field interactions
  • collapse
  • chaotic change
  • entanglement
  • measurement
  • observation
  • symmetry
  • position-momentum relations
  • variable mass density
  • particle-wave features
  • other low level features important in physics and, below all that,
  • the underlying principle of structured~duality: things have some structure
    AND have or exhibit one or more dualities or differences.

Tapping the tactile-affective information channel is crucial to achieving Comenius' long-term educational vision. More unified, more robust, active symbolic representations allow vision- and math-challenged people, children in the early grades or others in various cultures to acquire a common intuitive understanding of several modern scientific concepts directly, without absolutely having to master abstract math first.

This analog experiential teaching/learning method works right out of the box. Feeling plus seeing plus hearing plus thinking, as comes with all tool use, sparks a fresh, useful awareness, building connections. With magnetic tetrahedra, the exemplar provides foundational experiences, similar to working with a classical fulcrum and lever, but now introducing the non-classical realm. Overall educational success comes, then, in picking or creating the right tool for the task at hand, and, introducing it in the proper sequence relative to other educational experiences. Working with magnetic tetrahedra, participants develop a certain level of physical inituition independent of and prior to abstract math mastery. Participants can further increase their physical intuition by repeating the same or or devising other exercises. Subsequent traditional math/science education, of course, can only help.

Ralph Frost
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