SEMANTIC DIFFICULTIES IN SCIENCE AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION
Authors: Abdelkader Anakkar
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Generally speaking, a scientific activity consists in observing phenomena of nature, quantifying the observations, measurements & modelling data, eventual theory would be birth. Each of these steps is based on a vocabulary, more or less specific to the relevant discipline, and depends on a critical way, and making use of oral-and-written scientific expressions; partially within natural language. Nevertheless, if some scientific words correspond, generally speaking, to words used in the daily life-natural language (for example weights, force, energy, work, heat etc.), it does not mean scientific concepts are discussed: i.e., reputedly difficult such as entropy, the total change in entropy or entropy production, etc. How can we make a sense of these semantic difficulties?