Mistakes in Science

Mistakes in Science, tutor

Some of the students I have tutored in math, physics, and other subjects have been very accustomed to getting good grades. One disadvantage of that is that when they do encounter difficulties they suddenly start not doing their homework or participating in class, thus coping with an unfamiliar situation by withdrawing from it.

Science is far from perfect but one of the things I like best about it are its internal mechanisms for detecting and correcting its own failures. I wish I could get all of my students to take to heart the caption in the above image.

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2 Responses to Mistakes in Science

  1. Norma says:

    I love this insight about math, arrogant math students (this can’t be happening to me, it is so unfamiliar) and life in general. Clearly good advice for all of our unsatisfactory experiences in life….is that little triangle in the corner a way to turn the page….? Nx

    • Brian says:

      Thank you Norma. I suspect that the caption of that poster has been applied by others to many different human endeavours. I don’t see a triangle in either Chrome or Firefox but I definitely did not put any page-turning features into the page. Those will go into the iPad apps of Dreambase Digital Arts, the slow adventures of which can currently only be followed here on Facebook.

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