Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

The History of Physics in Cuba

Editors: Baracca, Angelo, Renn, Jürgen, Wendt, Helge (Eds.)

  • First and unique history of physics in Cuba
  • Advanced scientific development in an under-developed country
  • Complete history of a scientific discipline from the origins up today and perspectives
  • Scientific relationship between advanced and under-developed countries
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This book brings together a broad spectrum of authors, both from inside and from outside Cuba, who describe the development of Cuba's scientific system from the colonial period to the present. It is a unique documentation of the self-organizing power of a local scientific community engaged in scientific research on an international level. The first part includes several contributions that reconstruct the different stages of the history of physics in Cuba, from its beginnings in the late colonial era to the present. The second part comprises testimonies of Cuban physicists, who offer lively insights from the perspective of the actors themselves. The third part presents a series of testimonies by foreign physicists, some of whom were directly involved in developing Cuban physics, in particular in the development of teaching and research activities in the early years of the Escuela de Física. The fourth part of the volume deals with some of the issues surrounding the publishing of scientific research in Cuba.

Cuba’s recent history and current situation are very controversial issues. Little is known about the development and status of higher education and scientific research on the island. However, Cuba has one of the highest proportions in the world of people with a university degree or doctorate and is known for its highly developed medical system. This book focuses on a comprehensive overview of the history of the development of one specific scientific discipline: physics in Cuba. It traces the evolution of an advanced research system in a developing country and shows a striking capacity to link the development of modern research with the concrete needs of the country and its population. A little known aspect is the active participation of several “western” physicists and technicians during the 1960s, the role of summer schools, organized by French, Italian, and other western physicists, as well as the active collaboration with European universities.<

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“The History of Physics in Cuba adds to our understanding of the development of contemporary physics in specific, if not unique, political circumstances. It offers valuable information and personal insights. … it relates to current debates concerning international relations, access to scientific knowledge, and the material and social conditions for advanced physical research. … Cuba will pose a fascinating case to those interested in the social and political relations of science in the first half of the twenty-first century.” (Xavier Roqué, Isis, Vol. 107 (2), June, 2016)


Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • A Short Introduction to this Volume

    Baracca, Angelo (et al.)

    Pages 3-7

  • The Cuban “Exception”: The Development of an Advanced Scientific System in an Underdeveloped Country

    Baracca, Angelo

    Pages 9-50

  • Cuba: A Short Critical Bibliographic Guide

    Basosi, Duccio

    Pages 51-54

  • The Teaching of Physics in Cuba from Colonial Times to 1959

    Altshuler, José (et al.)

    Pages 57-106

  • Mathematics and Physics in Cuba Before 1959: A Personal Recollection

    Altshuler, José

    Pages 107-113

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Hardcover $179.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History of Physics in Cuba
Editors
  • Angelo Baracca
  • Jürgen Renn
  • Helge Wendt
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
304
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8041-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8041-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8040-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0487-6
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 446
Number of Illustrations and Tables
24 b/w illustrations
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