The ‘woman who understood Newton’

In this month's edition of Physics World, Paula Findlen from Stanford University profiles Laura Bassi—an emblematic and influential physicist from the 18th century who can be regarded as the first ever woman to forge a professional scientific career. Once described as the "woman who understood Newton", Laura Bassi—born in the...

Reasons Why the History of Physics Matters

Aristotle profoundly shaped scholarship with his use of empirical evidence and reliance on logic. Yet, several of his theories were also wrong: he believed the heavenly bodies were made from “aether,” women had fewer teeth than men, and eels reproduced by spontaneous generation. These ideas were later disproved, using Aristotle’s...

The history of physics, in 4000 manuscripts

Collector David Wenner’s private library holds original works from Copernicus, Maxwell, Einstein, and more. Melinda Baldwin A single-story ranch house on the eastern coast of Florida has a room that would make any physicist or historian momentarily lose her breath. It’s a home library about the size of a college...

6 Defining Moments in the History of Physics | Immere Education

Science, as per its nature, strives for the glittering ideal of truth by always reassessing, redefining its position so that it may sidle ever closer. Physics, the study of motion and interaction, is no different. Like a diligent scribe, physics duly adapts to each mumbled correction of the story dictated...