Oral history of British science
Woodworth, Philip (Part 2 of 9) An Oral History of British Science
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British Library studio, London and Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, Liverpool
Woodworth, Philip 1949- (speaker, male)
Merchant, Paul (speaker, male)
Part 2: [28:39] Description of BGS, named Park High School for Boys. Comments on BS. Comments on teaching, BGS. Mentions enjoyment of Latin. Positive comments on masters. Comments on successful formality of teaching/discipline. [5:00] Comments on science teaching, BGS. Comments on teaching and learning in physics. Mentions evening Science Club. [8:08] Comments on influence of senior pupil, also able in physics. [9:00] Comments on dominance of science over arts in academic culture, BGS; lack of interest in history/art at BGS. Comments on teaching of English literature. [13:16] Story of writing down, as school child, qualifications needed for physics teaching; application for AEA university scholarship. [14:52] Description of physics teaching, BGS, including laboratory work. Comments on interest in unexpected/counter-intuitive findings of physics. [18:58] Story of giving lecture on nuclear power. Comments on teaching in thermodynamics/quantum mechanics. [22:02] Comments on own high grades in physics. [23:55] Brief description of experiments in optics, BGS. [25:00] Comments on maleness of physics; lack of female staff, BGS. [26:30] Comments on evening Science Club, including preparation for own talk on nuclear power.
Interview with oceanographer Philip Woodworth