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International Conference on the History of Physics 2014

September 4, 2014 - September 5, 2014

| £80 - £90

The conference will inaugurate a new international series, bringing together professional historians of science, practising physicists, science museum staff, lecturers, teachers and others with interests in any aspects and periods of physics history.

Theme: “Electromagnetism: the Road to Power”

The programme will consist of 9 invited lectures of duration 35 minutes and 13 contributed lectures of 20 minutes. In addition there will be a poster session and a one-hour debate on contemporary issues concerning the presentation of science and its history in museums.

• Accommodation booking deadline: 1 August 2014
• Registration deadline: 15 August 2014

Invited Lectures:

The induction coil: the natural and social history of a physics instrument
Dr. Paolo Brenni, CNR, Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica Florence, Italy

Using Maxwell's equations before the electron
Professor Jed Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History Humanities and Social Sciences, Caltech, USA

The early history of electricity: from Volta onwards
Professor Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Why were Cavendish's electrical researches important to Maxwell?
Dr. Isobel Falconer, St Andrews University, Dundee, UK

History of physics, and what it's good for
Professor John. L. Heilbron, University of California, Berkeley USA

Demystifying Maxwell's demon: Its historical role on the route from thermodynamics to (quantum-) information theory
Professor Dr Heinz Krenn, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria

Physics and Trinity College
Professor Malcolm Longair, University of Cambridge, UK

This splendid apparatus: the material culture of electro-magnetic induction
Professor Iwan Morus, Aberystwyth University

The dynamics of concepts in early electromagnetism
Professor Dr Friedrich Steinle, Technical University, Berlin, Germany

The conference will offer the opportunity to present some aspects of Cambridge's scientific history. Visits to Woolsthorpe Manor where Sir Isaac Newton was born and undertook much of his work, and to the Cavendish Museum, with its rich history of exhibits, will be arranged.


September 4, 2014
September 5, 2014
£80 - £90
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IOP History of Physics Group in collaboration with the EPS History of Physics Group


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