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:

ABSTRACT: John Denker of the PhysLrnR list called attention to "Angels on a Pin: A Modern Parable" [Calandra (1968)] at <> 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 <>;
and (in approximate chronological order):

(2) "The Barometer Fable" [Simanek (undated)] at <>;

(3) "a pointless story" [Goldenberg (1998)] at <>;

(4) "The Old Barometer Story (was Problem Solving in Physics)" [Hake (2000)] at <>;

(5) "Re: The Old Barometer Story [Hubisz (2000) at <>;

(6) "Problem Solving in Physics" Beck (2000) at <>;

(7) "The Old Barometer Story (was Tower height joke)" [Hake (2007a)] at <>;

(8) "The Old Barometer Story - Erratum & Addendum" [Hake (2007b)] at <>;

(9) "Re: Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" Hake (2008a)] at <>;

(10) "Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" [Chandy (2008) at <>;

(11) "Re: Free Versus Pedantic Thinking" [Raimi (2008)] at <>;
(12) "Re: Developing for creativity"[Hake (2008b)] at <>;

(13) "The Barometer Problem" [B. & D. Mikkelson (2011)] at <>;

(14)  "The myth of Niels Bohr and the barometer question" ["Johann" (2011)] at <>.
NOTE: Ralph Raimi (2008) at <> 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 <> 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 and accessed on 25 Jan 2013.]
Hake, R.R. 2013. ""The Old Barometer Story (OBS) Redux," online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <>. 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 <> with a provision for comments.