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Biographies in the History of Physics

Actors, Objects, Institutions

Editors: Forstner, Christian, Walker, Mark (Eds.)

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  • Explores the extension of biography to non-human subjects in the history of physics 
  • Edited and authored by leading historians of science  
  • Builds bridges between various perspectives on the history of physics
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This book sheds new light on the biographical approach in the history of physics by including the biographies of scientific objects, institutions, and concepts. What is a biography? Can biographies also be written for non-human subjects like scientific instruments, institutions or concepts? The respective chapters of this book discuss these controversial questions using examples from the history of physics. By approaching biography as metaphor, it transcends the boundaries between various perspectives on the history of physics, and enriches our grasp of the past. 

 

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Christian Forstner is a Heisenberg-Fellow at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Graduated in physics, he started a career in the history of science. His research focuses on the history of quantum mechanics and nuclear physics, science and society, and the material culture of physics. He was vice-president of the international Commission for the History of Modern Physics and serves as chairman of the Division for the History of Physics of the German Physical Society.

Mark Walker is the John Bigelow Professor of History at Union College in Schenectady, NY, USA where he teaches modern European history and the history of science and technology. His research focuses on the history of science, medicine, technology, and National Socialism from the First World War to the postwar Cold War era, including comparative perspectives.

 

 

Table of contents (17 chapters)

Table of contents (17 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biographies in the History of Physics
Book Subtitle
Actors, Objects, Institutions
Editors
  • Christian Forstner
  • Mark Walker
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48509-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48509-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48508-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 324
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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