Some subscribers to Math-Teach might be interested in a recent post "The Old Barometer Story (OBS) Redux" [Hake (2013)] and its significance for education.  The abstract reads:

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ABSTRACT: John Denker of the PhysLrnR list called attention to "Angels on a Pin: A Modern Parable" [Calandra (1968)] at <http://bit.ly/10KKI4h> and wrote: "There's a lot more that could be said about this story."

And there's also a lot that's *already* been said about the "Old Barometer Story" (OBS).  See e.g.:
(1) the Wikipedia Entry on "The Barometer Question" at <http://bit.ly/11TY6Ub>;
and (in approximate chronological order):

(2) "The Barometer Fable" [Simanek (undated)] at <http://bit.ly/Va0VsW>;

(3) "a pointless story" [Goldenberg (1998)] at <http://bit.ly/14jauf4>;

(4) "The Old Barometer Story (was Problem Solving in Physics)" [Hake (2000)] at <http://bit.ly/UZ7r7J>;

(5) "Re: The Old Barometer Story [Hubisz (2000) at <http://bit.ly/10UFqEw>;

(6) "Problem Solving in Physics" Beck (2000) at <http://bit.ly/Tyuidt>;

(7) "The Old Barometer Story (was Tower height joke)" [Hake (2007a)] at <http://bit.ly/Y1HBkd>;

(8) "The Old Barometer Story - Erratum & Addendum" [Hake (2007b)] at <http://bit.ly/W1FI7q>;

(9) "Re: Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" Hake (2008a)] at <http://bit.ly/Vlvr8J>;

(10) "Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" [Chandy (2008) at <http://bit.ly/10UHyw6>;

(11) "Re: Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" [Raimi (2008)] at <http://bit.ly/VlVmNy>;
 
(12) "Re: Developing for creativity"[Hake (2008b)] at <http://bit.ly/SDUAcw>;

(13) "The Barometer Problem" [B. & D. Mikkelson (2011)] at <http://bit.ly/14e674Z>;

(14)  "The myth of Niels Bohr and the barometer question" ["Johann" (2011)] at <http://bit.ly/149Q6Os>.
NOTE: Ralph Raimi (2008) at <http://bit.ly/VlVmNy> states that he heard the OBS in 1943, 15 years before the publication of 1958 "Reader's Digest" version of the OBS referenced by B. & D. Mikkelson (2011)] at <http://bit.ly/14e674Z> as the earliest version of the OBS of which they were aware.  DOES ANYONE HAVE A PRE-1958 REFERENCE TO THE OBS?
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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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REFERENCES [URL shortened by http://bit.ly/ and accessed on 25 Jan 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. ""The Old Barometer Story (OBS) Redux," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/Ur7zOm>. Post of 25 Jan 2013 16:12:22-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/SOQnCW> with a provision for comments.