Agora Lab
Proposing a method and an example for a systematic approach to revising basic concepts:
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AGORA LABORATORY FOR CLASS/COMMUNITY (ALC)
      

      Main idea made simple

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  In today's standard education, most courses pursue a voluminous yet speedy instruction of students. While it is easy to recognize the significant benefits of this kind of education, it is not a simple matter to discuss its weaknesses. For the sake of efficiency and economy, in a standard course the students have little time and stimulation to go beyond the class routine and to be active participants in the education process. Hence, many fundamental aspects remain unidentified and/or unexplored by conventional education, and correspondingly, the synthesis used in scientific analysis is far from being as wise and powerful as it can be. How does a method like ALC improve education and research in this respect? As compared with the standard course, our ALC is a method and instrument designed to lead to a deeper understanding of the field under the focus, based on a wise and powerful synthesis of the aspects involved. It does this by focusing a strong debate on a well defined fundamental experiment or issue for several years. As a result, the ALC would constitute a tool in the University for the systematic and wise renewal and redevelopment of the basic concepts around most of the important experiments or issues in science and society, and therefore would provide a missing essential element in our science and society. Also, the Agora Laboratory for Community could open the possibility for an efficient education and research application beside the university ...

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      History of the Agora Laboratory and Class

      Details

                An introduction (Part I)
                An easy persuasive speech (Part II)
                A detailed description and analysis (Part III)
                A class structure (Part IV)
                An independent laboratory

 

 
THE ORIGIN OF LIGHT DIFFRACTION
      - from an individual and limited application of the Agora method

      What is light? An honest attempt ...

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  If you honestly look for oposing views on light diffraction ... If for years you honestly look at the experimental details toward finding a more detailed mechanism ... Or, if you can find a class for education in this respect, then it is likely that you will discover a complementary view, more detailed regarding the physical modeling of light, ... Here is an example of what you might find.

In the standard view, the quantitative description of diffraction patterns in electromagnetic optics (w) and quantum mechanics (qm) relies on the capability of the wave/ wave function to diffract in the vicinity of the diffracting edges and to interfere in the space before the screen/ detector. If the claims I-III below are true, as our extended analysis of old experiments suggests, then a complementary view on the light structure is necessary. The new view must remove the interpretation troubles, and must provide a mechanism with more detailed observables, fit for answering many how-can-it-be-like-that questions. The new view must be complementary to the current view in the sense that each view can be used where its strengths are greater.
In the context of the success, and of the attraction to the mathematical elegance and mystery, of the the current views on light, any new and more detailed/physical structure ...

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      A crucial and overdue measurement

 

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