December 9, 2015
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics is pleased to host an international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held April 6-10, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. The goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration amongst junior scholars and to provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences. The conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars. “Early Career” includes graduate students and recent PhDs, independent scholars, post-docs, and those in early-stage academic positions. We welcome submissions, including works-in-progress, from all time periods and areas of the history of the physical sciences, including geophysics, industrial physics, astronomy, chemistry, space sciences, and more. All historiographical perspectives are welcome, from socio-cultural to highly technical.
November 23, 2015
The Linda Hall Library recently acquired 26 observation logs from David H. Levy, one of the most successful comet hunters in history, with 22 comets discovered, nine of them using his own backyard telescopes. The logs given to the Linda Hall Library date from 1956 when, at age eight, Levy accidentally saw a shooting star during the summer. He has kept an observation log ever since, totaling 18,000 sessions. Levy also donated an equal number of his personal journals which help explain the information contained within the observation logs. The remainder of Dr. Levy’s observation logs and journals will be donated to the Library after his death.
November 23, 2015
The American Philosophical Society recently acquired the papers of twentieth-century physicist and policy consultant Richard L. Garwin. Garwin was instrumental in the development of the hydrogen bomb and spent nearly fifty years addressing policy questions pertaining to its use, as well as the use of other advanced technologies, in addition to a continued and wide-ranging career in both basic and applied physical research. Garwin authored or co-authored many books, including Nuclear Weapons and World Politics (1977) and Science Advice to the President (1980), and more than 500 articles in scientific and popular media. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, among other esteemed organizations, and has held many posts, including as consultant and researcher for IBM and as consultant to the U.S. President’s Science Advisory Committee.Garwin.
May 28, 2015
On July 1st, 2015 the exhibition Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 will debut in the newly refurbished Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery located in the west wing of the National Museum of American History. On display will be some of the very works that exposed an eager and curious public to the wealth of new ideas and inventions of the 19th century, including landmarks of scientific discovery, imaginative fiction, popular science, newspaper hoaxes, dime novels, and more. Showcased alongside selected historical artifacts from Smithsonian museum collections, the books on exhibit will trace the impact of the period’s science on the world of fiction. The exhibition will be featured in an online version as well, accessible here starting June 23
May 28, 2015
The spring 2015 issue of Pennsylvania Legacies, published by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, focuses on the history of science and technology in the Keystone State and includes articles from past Consortium fellows Jessica Linker and Matthew White. To learn more about the issues, and access the articles online, visit http://hsp.org/publications/pennsylvania-legacies/science-and-technology-in-the-keystone-state.
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