Category Archives: science

Why Study Botany?

“…every wild flower that grows in their neighbourhood, they should know quite well; should be able to describe the leaf––its shape, size, growing from the root or from the stem; the manner of flowering––a head of flowers, a single flower, a spike, etc. And, having made the acquaintance of a wild flower, so that they […]

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Grappling with Ideas: Stromatolites and early evolution

“The discovery of a toothless animal with a short snout and a long tail that roamed the seas around 247 million years ago, suggests early marine reptiles evolved more rapidly than previously thought after the the most devastating mass extinction event the planet has ever experienced, scientists have revealed.” “Scientists have discovered the oldest physical […]

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A CM Educated Scientist

Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life, by Georgina Ferry “Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994) was renowned for her medically-important work on penicillin, vitamin B12 and insulin. Fully engaged with the political and social currents of her time, she participated in some of the greatest upheavals of the 20th century: women’s education; the globalisation of science; the rise and fall […]

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Lizzie Hickson’s Son: science in a P.N.E.U. School

Much respect to Mama Squirrel at the treehouse, who found that our Mrs. Hickson son Arthur, who helped run the school with her after his father Frederick fell ill, presented a breakout session on science at a PNEU conference. Here’s the handout: At the Thirty First Annual Conference of the P.N.E.U. the notes of a […]

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Physics and Earth Science Resources That’s the cleaned up title of a post by an adult looking to correct her lack of physics knowledge. It’s a great little read that is also not at all on purpose an excellent introductory piece about why CM’s ideas about teaching science were right.  So go read. Also, the recommendations from her readers are […]

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