For some time now, teachers of physics concerned about the growing gap between the Two Cultures have been, so to speak, stalking the wild humanist. They have set up courses in “physics for poets,” recruited nonscience students into seminars to “ready” them for science, and offered physics without the laboratory or calculus. Yet, despite these and other efforts to attract them, liberal‐arts majors continue to find ways to avoid physics, even when fulfilling minimum science requirements.

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L. C.
McDermott
,
L. K.
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,
M. L.
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1980
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A. Arons, The Various Language: An Inquiry Approach to the Physical Sciences, Oxford U.P., New York (1977).
7.
The workbook prepared for Physics Immersion is available from Frederick Wirth and Herbert Bernstein, School of Natural Sciences, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002.
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The Wall Street Journal, 20 March 1985, p. 33.
9.
The most recent assertion of genderbased differences in mathematical ability was roundly attacked by mathematics professionals. See
J.
Stanley
,
C.
Benbow
,
Science
210
,
1262
(12 December
1980
),
followed by a flurry of letters in
Science
212
(10 April
1981
).
and another assertion by Stanley and Benbow in
Science
222
,
1029
(2 December
1983
).
See also S. Tobias, Psychology Today, January 1982;
J.
Beckwith
,
Boston Univ. J. Educ.
165
,
158
(
1983
);
Science 85, June 1985, p. 14.
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