Physicists Look Back: Studies in the History of Physics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Physicists Look Back

Studies in the History of Physics, 1st Edition

Edited by J Roche

CRC Press

76 pages

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Hardback: 9780852740019
pub: 1990-01-01
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In Physicists Look Back: Studies in the History of Physics, various international contributors ranging from physicists, engineers, theoreticians, experimentalists, and information scientists to educationalists, science historians, sociologists, and physics teachers discuss the history of physics. They describe their own research developments, demonstrate ways the history of physics can be helpful in teaching physics and in clearing up difficult concepts, and offer professional advice about resources and methods. This diversified book provides a historical background to modern physics and illustrates how an appreciation of the historical context of physics can lead to a better understanding of modern physics. It covers the history of ozone, the ionosphere, plasma physics, the technical developments of the electron microscope and crystallographic x-ray photography, and the history of the Josephson effect. Well illustrated and containing some autobiographical research not previously published, this resource is valuable reading for professional physicists, physics teachers, educationalists, historians and philosophers of science, and physicists.

Table of Contents

PART 1: METHOD IN THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS

A physicist looks at the resources of research libraries by Dennis F. Shaw

Preserving and making known the history of physics-the American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics by Spencer R. Weart

Interviewing physicists and astronomers-methods of oral history by David H. DeVorkin

Some methodological problems in writing the history of CERN by John Krige

Reflections of an amateur "historian of science" by N. Kurti

Could we repeat it? by Ronald G. Stansfield

PART 2: APPLYING THE HISTORY OF PHYSICS

The role of history in physics teaching by A.P. French

Historians and physics teachers-partnerships for packages by Brian Davies

A critical study of the vector potential by John J. Roche

The photoelectric effect-a suitable case for surgery? by Stuart Leadstone

Physics and society by Charles Boyle

PART 3: PHYSICISTS LOOK BACK

On attending to the instrument maker in physics history by Brian Gee

Reflexions on crystals: Instrumentation for crystal-structure determination by H. Lipson From research to development-the early development of mechanical parts of electron probe instruments by D.J. Unwin

Meteors and meteor showers-an historical perspective 1686-1950 by David W. Hughes Solar variability and terrestrial weather by A.J. Meadows

The early history of atmospheric ozone by C.D. Walshaw

Ionospheric research-some personal recollections by Sir W.J. Granville Beynon

The origins of ionization and plasma physics by F. Llewellyn-Jones

The history of the discovery of weakly coupled superconductors by B.D. Josephson

Notes on Contributors

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics