Of Surface Tension and the like
One illustration, I think, describes my idea of education comprehensively.
Imagine a dew drop that has formed on the face of a leaf. The leaf is tilted outwards, so the drop travels slowly towards the tip of the leaf, demonstrating allegiance with the gravitational force of the earth. But at the tip, it pauses. Its move towards the earth has been greatly decelerated. There is obviously something that is retarding its motion; something that is acting against the force of gravity. What is this invisible force?
Surface tension is, arguably, my ‘favouritest’ concept in physics. Imagine the force between a tiny drop and a frail leaf can act against the mighty gravitational force of the earth. A classic case of David and Goliath! Political organisation vs the state is another classic case of David and Goliath. Ideas of social cohesion, group formation and group dynamics can be taught from this idea of surface tension. Furthermore, a photograph of this can send a photographer into ecstasy. A poem can be written about the beauty of this image; the image can inspire a tune that the poem can be sung to; pictures can be drawn; and it can be danced.
And yet it is science.
Again, I have the sinking feeling that this has not been well articulated. So do do do comment.