H-PhysicalSciences provides a communication channel and resource nexus for historians of the physical sciences. Its topical scope covers the physical sciences broadly understood, including but not limited to: physics; chemistry; earth, space, and atmospheric science; astronomy; and materials science. By linking these fields, H-PhysicalSciences encourages active dialogue between scholars studying a diverse range of topics with the goal of galvanizing the community in a way that promotes integration with the larger discipline of history of science.

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Professor of History of Science, NBA/IND, University of Copenhagen

Professor of History of Science
Niels Bohr Archive and Department of Science Education, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Deadline for application: 12 August 2018 23:59 GMT +2.

Recording of a Steven Weinberg talk on the whig interpretation of the history of science

In connection with the upcoming "Author in Dialogue" session on Steven Weinberg's book To Explain the World planned for the American Physical Society meeting in Baltimore next month, H-PhysicalSciences readers may be interested in a recording of a talk Weinberg gave last fall at the University of Texas Institute for Historical Studies. A version of the talk, "Keeping an Eye on the Present," which Weinberg described as "a gentle defense of the whig interpretation of the history of science," appeared in the 17 Dec. 2015 issue of the New York Review of Books.

Announcing the new Resources tab

Greetings H-Net subscribers!

We are pleased to announce the release of the Resources tab, which is now located at the top of all of our Networks. Prior to the release, there was a Media tab that chronologically aggregated all of the contributions uploaded to a particular Network. While the Media tab clearly had some basic archival value, with the development of many diverse projects making use of this material on our Networks, editors asked for a better way to organize that content. The Resources tab is the fruit of those aims.