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'Moonlight and Magnetism': a theatrical performance of electromagnetism, poetry and dance as a stimulus for ideas to use in the lecture theatre

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'Moonlight and Magnetism' was designed as a performance involving science, poetry and modern dance to communicate the concepts of electromagnetism. The intention is to demonstrate that electricity, electromagnetism and waves can be viewed and expressed in many different ways. The principles of induction can be explained by equations, words and in the performance by a series of dance movements. Whilst the performance itself is not for an undergraduate course, there may be useful ideas to stimulate colleagues into looking at lecturing on science and engineering topics in new ways.

Engineers look at their subject from a technical perspective. Should we, as teachers, stimulate our students and broaden their viewpoint by introducing, at some point in lecture courses, entirely different viewpoints?

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2000-10-01

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