The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics

Hardcover | November 10, 2013

EditorJed Z. Buchwald, Robert Fox

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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics brings together cutting-edge writing by more than twenty leading authorities on the history of physics from the seventeenth century to the present day. By presenting a wide diversity of studies in a single volume, it provides authoritativeintroductions to scholarly contributions that have tended to be dispersed in journals and books not easily accessible to the general reader. While the core thread remains the theories and experimental practices of physics, the Handbook contains chapters on other dimensions that have their place in any rounded history. These include the role of lecturing and textbooks in the communication of knowledge, the contribution ofinstrument-makers and instrument-making companies in providing for the needs of both research and lecture demonstrations, and the growing importance of the many interfaces between academic physics, industry, and the military.

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The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics brings together cutting-edge writing by more than twenty leading authorities on the history of physics from the seventeenth century to the present day. By presenting a wide diversity of studies in a single volume, it provides authoritativeintroductions to scholarly contributions that have t...

Jed Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1995 and a Killam Fellowship in 1990 (Canada), Buchwald was trained at Princeton (BA'71) and Harvard (MA and Ph.D '74.) From 1974 to 1992 he taught at, and then served as Director of, the Universit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:976 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:November 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019969625X

ISBN - 13:9780199696253

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Jed Buchwald and Robert Fox: IntroductionPart I: Physics and the New Science1. John Heilbron: Was there a Scientific Revolution?2. Noel Swerdlow: Galileo's Mechanics of Natural Motion and Projectiles3. John Schuster: Cartesian Physics4. Anthony Turner: Physics and the Instrument-Makers, 1550-17005. Eric Schliesser and Chris Smeenk: Newton's Principia6. Alan Shapiro: Newton's Optics7. Bertoloni Meli: Experimentation in the Physical Sciences of the 17th Century8. Niccolo Guicciardini: Mathematics and the New SciencesPart II: The Long Eighteenth Century9. Giuliano Pancaldi: The Physics of Imponderable Fluids10. Larry Stewart: Physics on Show: Entertainment, Demonstration, and Research in the Eighteenth Century11. Anita McConnell: Instruments and Instrument-Makers, 1700-185012. Sandro Caparrini, and Craig Fraser: Mechanics in the Eighteenth Century13. Robert Fox: Laplace and the Physics of Short-Range Forces14. Jed Buchwald: Electricity and Magnetism to VoltaPart III: Fashioning the Discipline: from Natural Philosophy to Physics15. Jed Buchwald: Optics in the Nineteenth Century16. Hasok Chang: Thermal Physics and Thermodynamics17. Crosbie Smith: Engineering Energy: Constructing a New Physics for Victorian Britain18. Friedrich Steinle: Electromagnetism and Field Physics19. Jed Buchwald: Electrodynamics from Thomson and Maxwell to Hertz20. Paolo Brenni: From Workshop to Factory: The evolution of Instrument Making Industry, 1850-193021. Josep Simon: Physics Textbooks and Textbook Physics in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries22. Iwan Morus: Physics and Medicine23. Kathy Olesko: Physics and MetrologyPart IV: Modern Physics24. Graeme Gooday and Daniel Mitchell: Rethinking 'Classical Physics'25. Olivier Darrigol and Jurgen Renn: The Emergence of Statistical Mechanics26. Daniel Kennefick: Three and a Half Principles: The Origins of Modern Relativity Theory27. Suman Seth: Quantum Physics28. Terry Shinn: The Silicon Tide: Relations between Things Epistemic and Things of Function in the Semiconductor World29. Helge Kragh: Physics and Cosmology