Thursday, July 31, 2014

Technology, Privacy and Security

What is the current status of our privacy online and how did we arrive at a situation of ubiquitous tracking and surveillance?  ? Helen Nissenbaum of NYU and Matt Jones of Columbia discussed these question at a public event at Drexel University. Teasel Muir-Harmony, Dissertation Writing Fellow at the Center, provides a brief summary of the event.

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 07/31 at 09:35 AM

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Always, the car of tomorrow

Electric cars have a rich history in America.  What is their future? Here is a report by Julia Mansfield, one of our Dissertation Writing Fellows, about a recent event at the Center .

Posted by Babak Ashrafi on 04/03 at 04:03 PM

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Japanese Contributions to Modern Physics:  From Yukawa to Nambu

This essay about the Japanese contributions to modern physics appeared in the Japanese edition of my book Collider

Posted by on 02/16 at 02:13 PM

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe’s Attempted Resolution of Olbers’ Paradox

In Edgar Allan Poe’s final work, Eureka, he speculated about the nature of the universe and a possible solution to Olbers’ paradox about the darkness of the sky at night.

Posted by on 11/26 at 05:27 PM

Maria Goeppert Mayer honored at American Physical Society Invited Session

An invited session at the 2013 American Physical Society April Meeting honored the 50th anniversary of Maria Goeppert Mayer’s Nobel Prize.

Posted by on 11/26 at 05:05 PM

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Desperately Seeking Einstein’s Assistant

My quest in 2002 to contact physicist Peter Bergmann and speak to him about his work with Einstein.

Posted by on 10/01 at 10:35 AM

Friday, September 27, 2013

Teaching children that science history does not usually follow a steady, predictable path

A new book project by this researcher aims to help teach the history of the discovery of planets to children

Posted by on 09/27 at 11:28 AM

Friday, September 20, 2013

When the Notorious Philipp Lenard was Lauded in a Times Book Review

When Philipp Lenard, founder of the sinister movement to rid German physics of ‘foreign influences, received high praise in a New York Times Book Review

Posted by on 09/20 at 02:33 PM

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Plague Columns in Central Europe

Plague columns are fairly common in Central Europe. While most date from the Baroque period, some are much earlier. Here are three.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 05/29 at 01:10 PM

Thursday, May 09, 2013

History of Science Society Establishes Physical Sciences Forum

In tribute to the growth of interest in the history of physical sciences, the History of Science Society (HSS) has inaugurated a new group dedicated to the subject, called the Physical Sciences Forum (PSF).

Posted by on 05/09 at 03:40 PM

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