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Science: Physics: History


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AAPT Committee on the History and Philosophy of Physics
The Committee on the History and Philosophy of Physics (CHPP) is an AAPT committee working toward the preservation and deepening of a historical perspective in physics education at all levels.

American Physical Society Forum on the History of Physics
A member unit of the American Physical Society. It was founded as a venue for physicists, historians, and other members of the APS with an interest in discussing and exploring the historical dimensions of physics research. Forum benefits and activities include the Forum's widely read semiannual Newsletter and sponsored sessions at the March and April meetings of the APS.

Argonne National Laboratory History
Background of the laboratory. The history of nuclear power and warfare is heavily intertwined with Argonne National Labs.

Atomic Archive
This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb

Center for History of Physics
Has a mission to preserve and make known the history of modern physics and allied sciences including astronomy, geophysics and optics.

Center for History of Physics Newsletter
Reports on work in the history of physics (and allied fields such as astronomy and geophysics). On-line issues starting with vol.26 (1994).

Century of Physics Time Line
A hundred years timeline of Physics presented by the American Physical Society.

CERN Historical and Scientific Archives
Resources on the history of CERN, as well as the 'Pauli Archive', a private collection of scientific books, reprints, correspondence and manuscripts of the late Professor Wolfgang Pauli, Nobel Laureate, 1945.

A Concise History of Thermodynamics
Excerpt from a biography of Gibbs, and a translation of Carnot's 1824 paper.

Contributions of Physics to the Information Age
The history of important inventions by physicists in the fields of computers, information technology, and solid state electronics. Summarizes the contributions of physics to the information age.

Contributions of 20th Century Women to Physics (CWP)
Descriptions of important contributions to science made by 83 women in the 20th century.

Emilio Segre Visual Archives Picture Finder
Makes it easy for people to find pictures of physicists. These pictures are in the vein of "The History of Physics" and are images of notable physicists.

The Fall of Parity
Experiments in 1956 demonstrate that our world is distinguishable from its mirror image.

History and Philosophy of Physics
Research activities, essays, databases, books, meetings in History and Philosophy of Physics. A section is dedicated to the development of Physics in Italy.

The History of Neon Signs
How the neon sign was conceived of and created.

History of Physics and Astronomy
Collection of links to articles on the history of Physics and Astronomy.

History of Physics Archives
Databases and digital archives for the History of Physics in Italy after the second world war.

History of Science Info Page
A site providing information, photos, and essays concerning the history of science.

History Page
Historical timelines in mathematics, physics, and politics

Important 20th Century Discoveries in Physics
Eight major discoveries made in physics plus a summary of the centennial celebration of the American Physical Society.

In Our Time: James Clerk Maxwell
BBC Radio 4 discussion on the life and work of this 19th century physicist.

Infography about History of Physics
Sources recommended by a professor who specializes in the study of the history of physics.

International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences
Search records for unpublished source materials in the Niels Bohr Library archives and over 500 other repositories worldwide.

The Invention of Knowledge
The connections between the sciences and the arts with emphasis on physics. A prediction on where to look for the next great theories in physics.

Jim's Science Page
Science quotes, facts and falacies... mystery scientists in history link.

Museum of Physics Department
Early instruments of the Institute of Physics of Naples

The Net Advance of Physics: History
Review Articles and Tutorials in an Encyclopaedic Format at The Net Advance of Physics, MIT

The Nuclear Files
Most comprehensive and user friendly online tool to explore the political and ethical dilemmas of the Nuclear Age. A citizen guide to create a saner and more peaceful world. Classroom use encouraged.

Physics Cabinet
A virtual museum of physics apparatus and instruments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Physics in Australia to 1945
The listing is intended to be a complete register of all Australian publications in physics up to the end of 1945

The Physics Museum at The University of Queensland
Instruments, books, and memorabilia dating to the very early days of modern physics.

Physics.org - Physics Evolution
Interactive exhibit introducing physics characters, their stories and how they influenced each other. Text-only version also available.

The Quantum Age Begins
An overview of the development of quantum mechanics.

Selected Classic Papers
Historically important papers in the fields of: Atomic hypothesis and discrete nature of matter Electricity, electrochemistry, and electrolyte solutions The electron and electronic structure of matter Elements: nature, number, and discovery Environmental chemistry Gases Periodic table and periodic law Radioactivity and the nucleus Thermodynamics

Selected Papers
Selected Papers of Great American Physicists on the web.

Sketches of a History of Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Timeline of the major events of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Includes links to biographies and a complete bibliography. Part of the HyperJeff Network.

Theater of Electricity
Explore the history of static electricity and the machines which have used it to make big sparks and create strong electric fields. Van de Graaff generators and Tesla coils are two examples of what is discussed. Many pictures and teaching materials are available.

Timeline of Nobel Winners - Physics
List of Nobel Laureates in Physics from 1901 to the present day.

Transistorized
Describes the history of most important invention of the 20th century: the transistor.

Vacuum Terminology and Technology
Vacuum history; biographies of famous physicists, and mathematicians.

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