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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.
- This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb
Century of Physics Time Line
- A hundred years timeline of Physics presented by the American Physical Society.
A Concise History of Thermodynamics
- Excerpt from a biography of Gibbs, and a translation of Carnot's 1824 paper.
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.
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.
- 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- Search records for unpublished source materials in the Niels Bohr Library archives and over 500 other repositories worldwide.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.
- Excerpts from a booklet on a physics theme by V. Alexander Stefan. [PDF]
National Radiation Instrument Catalog
- Project to document every portable nuclear radiation instrument developed between 1920 and 1960.
The Net Advance of Physics: History
- Review Articles and Tutorials in an Encyclopaedic Format at The Net Advance of Physics, MIT
- 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 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 Physics (1896 to present)
- American Physical Society site explores developments in physics in the 20th century, along with their historical context.
- Describes the history of most important invention of the 20th century: the transistor.
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