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Essay Contest: Physics in 2116

Dear Colleagues,

Physics Today has just announced an essay contest that asks for submissions written in the style of a "Search and Discovery" news story that might be submitted to Physics Today in the year 2116. Information about the contest is available at the following link, and pasted below:


Registration open: Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics is pleased to host a third 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.


Registration Open - Three Societies Meeting

With apologies for cross-posting.


Register now for the Three Societies Meeting.  This Eighth Joint Meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference.  This conference will take place June 22-25, 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Proceedings Publication: International Workshop on the History of Chemistry 2015 Tokyo (IWHC 2015 Tokyo)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the editors, it is my pleasure to inform you of the web
publication of the proceedings of the International Workshop on the
History of Chemistry, which was held on March 2-4, 2015 at the Tokyo
Institute of Technology, Japan.
You can download the proceedings (as well as individual papers included
in it) from the following website:

The conference theme was the "Transformation of Chemistry from the 1920s

Whiggism, Weinberg, and the Historians

Yesterday, the APS March Meeting hosted a session, sponsored by the Forum on the History of Physics, on Steven Weinberg's 2015 book To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern ScienceWeinberg's book made claims about the value of a whiggish approach to history that many professional historians found, at minimum, provocative.