I like to tell my students stories from the history of science. Not because they mysteriously boost student engagement. Not even because stories are “psychologically privileged” and might lead to greater retention. I tell them simply because I, presumably like all teachers, seek to foster a certain set of values and dispositions amongst my students. So, slowly, slowly, I tell them things which might help in the collective effort of inculcating those values. The below is one of my favourites and I came across it first in this book.
Mercury has long held a fascination within the realm of…
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