This site has all kinds of resources on the history of physics, including biographies of important physicists, descriptions of important discoveries, and archives of historical images. Don't miss the online exhibits, which combine text and images to tell compelling stories about great physicists and important physics, on topics ranging from Einstein to Global Warming to Marie Curie. The Center is a project of the American Institute of Physics.
Author: Mary Salit
Posted: January 3, 2012 at 10:15PM
Source: The Physics Front collection
I couldn't begin to make it through all of the material at this site, but the exhibits that I did view, on the history of the laser and the life of Marie Curie, were amazing. The laser history exhibit in particular had a ton of material that I had never heard or seen before despite having studied lasers for my PhD. The people after whom the equations I studied were named are now real people, with faces, voices, relationships, rivalries, anxieties, and insights revealed through photos, interviews, and even scanned notebook pages.The Marie Curie exhibit I looked at was targeted toward children (I understand they have an even more comprehensive one for adults) but it did not dumb down the material at all. Instead it included a lot of history of pre- World War II Poland, excerpts from Curie's writing in her own voice, photographs, and detailed context for all of the information. Excellent. A better experience than many science museums I've been too, with more information. I will be exploring further in the future.
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