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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 Paul Halpern on 02/16 at 02:13 PM

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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 Paul Halpern 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 Paul Halpern on 10/01 at 10:35 AM

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 Paul Halpern on 05/09 at 03:40 PM

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Fourth Dimension And Non-Euclidean Geometry In Modern Art

Linda Dalrymple Henderson’s groundbreaking history of the influence of higher dimensions on modern art has been updated and published in a new edition

Posted by Paul Halpern on 03/26 at 08:04 PM

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cosmas, the Tabernacle, and the Flat Earth

The Byzantine traveller-turned-monk Cosmas Indicopleustes was a rare proponent of a flat earth.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 03/25 at 10:48 PM

Friday, February 08, 2013

More Patent Medicine Artifacts

In addition to the almanacs and trading cards and other ephemera, patent medicine companies also used their bottles to market their products.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/08 at 11:25 AM

Relics from Medicine’s Sordid Past

Today’s adventures in boxes of junk turned up two interesting little artifacts: a phrenology bust and a business card from an Indian Cancer Doctress

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/08 at 09:47 AM
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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Controlling Panic in Renaissance Europe

For at least half a millennium now authorities have tried to control panic during epidemics. Here are just a few of the early sixteenth century efforts to quell society’s fears during such outbreaks.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/05 at 09:30 AM

Monday, February 04, 2013

Medical Notes from the 1940s

A sort of vademecum of student medical notes from the 1940s, probably from Boston City Hospital.

Posted by Darin Hayton on 02/04 at 11:00 AM

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