The Logical Leap
Falling Apple's secret sauce.
The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics is a book written by David Harriman, published in 2010 by New American Library, a division of Penguin Group. The groundbreaking ideas presented in this book are the driving force behind Falling Apple Science Institute.
The Logical Leap describes in detail the thought processes that led to some of the greatest discoveries in history. This original insight into how a mind grasps new new ideas has application to science education.
In his book, Mr. Harriman describes the step-by-step process that culminated in Newtonian physics and in the atomic theory of matter. When science is taught inductively, students, too, can experience the excitement of discovering first-hand the great scientific truths. Then, by continuing to apply the same method, they can forge ahead to make their own original discoveries.
Falling Apple's mission is to create a complete science curriculum so that anyone can master the important ideas of science by simply following the proper steps. By contrast, the standard science curricula of today ask students to memorize the conclusions of great scientists, without understanding the reasons for their ideas.
Judge for yourself the power of our approach by comparing our Basic Astronomy course to traditional courses. Notice the clarity and certainly you achieve when the right observations are organized in your mind. You are guaranteed to have a new and lasting appreciation for the sky within a short period of time.
Our challenge is to create such courses for all of the sciences, a path we have defined in the Periodic Table of the Sciences. The Logical Leap states that a valid concept is a commandment to go from some to all, a "green light" to induction. Likewise, The Logical Leap itself presents a green light, a commandment to restructure education to respect how a mind grasps ideas.