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How did Milton Babitt teach math at Princeton and research math, without an undergraduate degree in math?

Even if Babbitt taught merely elementary calculus, don't universities hire someone with at least an undergraduate degree in math to teach it? I quote Schoenblog.com: Babbitt came to teach at ...
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When did stoichiometry begin to be taught in U.S. high schools?

Stoichiometry, "the quantitative relationship between two or more substances especially in processes involving physical or chemical change" (Merriam-Webster), is currently a major part of the U.S. ...
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The Pedagogy of Physics — Bob and Alice?

It seems that almost every where that physics is taught, in particular teaching relativity or quantum phenomena, that examples or demonstrations using persons Bob and Alice is a common tradition. ...
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Letter of Egorov to Lusin

I heard that there is a famous letter between Egorov and Lusin , which best reflects relation between the teacher student duo. Can anyone provide any link of that letter?
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What were standard university texts in algebra in the mid 19th century?

Dedekind in 1872 wrote that equations like $\sqrt{2}\cdot\sqrt{3}=\sqrt{6}$ ``to the best of my knowledge have never been established before'' (Continuity and Irrational Numbers, p. 22). This was ...
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Are there items similar to the Pythagorean cup? [closed]

I believe it's a great application of Pascal's Law. Are there ways to overcome it? I mean, not having the fluid drop through the tube. One way I Know is to put a denser fluid in first and on top of it ...
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Why did Max Planck forbid women from attending his lectures?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lise_Meitner: Encouraged by her father and backed by his financial support, she went to the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin where famous physicist Max Planck ...
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How can we account for the independent inventions of place value all using the same direction?

I was looking up some ancient ways of writing numbers, to use as part of a lesson on the history of discovery of new numbers, for some young students. In particular I looked at the notation used by ...
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Can abuse break a genius?

Landau was famous for his abusive personality. Are there any examples of his students leaving his tutelage because of that and still achieving great success in physics? Any similar examples with other ...
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When was the method of getting square roots (invented by Viète in 1610 and developed by Harriot in 1631) first taught to school children?

François Viète's On the Numerical Resolution of Powers by Exegetics published in 1610 (Viete, 2006, pp. 311-370) introduced one way of numerically solving polynomial equations, a special case of which ...
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When did physics texts start to teach Kepler's $3/2$'s power law as a result of Newton's $1/r^2$ law of gravitation, rather than the other way around?

In modern physics textbooks, we teach Newton's laws of motion, then Newton's law of Universal Gravitation, and then Kepler's laws of planetary motion. Specifically, from the $1/r^2$ form of the ...