History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 4: When condensed matter became King Dr. Joseph D. Martin Dr. Martin is a historian of modern science and technology, focusing on the physical sciences in Cold War America. His interests lie in the sciences of complex matter—solid state physics, condensed matter physics, and materials science—and the ways in which physicists’ philosophical and ideological […]

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History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 3: Psychical and optical research between Lord Rayleigh’s naturalism and dualism Gregory Bridgman Mr Bridgman is a PhD student whose research explores how and why a concept of “colour vision”, and its cognate nexus of scientific practices and theories, managed to negotiate its place within an older family of “colour” related sciences, in 19th […]

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History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 2: The origins and development of free-electron lasers in the UK Prof. Elaine Seddon E.A.Seddon@dl.ac.uk https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Elaine_Seddon My notes from the lecture (if they don’t make sense then it is entirely my fault) Definition of laser from Encyclopaedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/technology/laser A laser is a device that stimulates atoms or molecules to emit light at particular […]

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History of Physics Group meeting “From Newton to the free electron laser”

Lecture 1: Maxwell, Kelvin and the Inverse Square Law of Electrostatics Dr Isobel Falconer Dr Falconer is a historian of mathematics and physics at St Andrews University. She is especially interested in the relations between maths and physics in the nineteenth century, and the interaction of both with the cultural context. https://isobelf.wordpress.com/about/ https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/maths/people/?mode=profile&group=staff&user_id=ijf3 My notes […]

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Cosmology Day July 2018

Lecture 7: Hawking’s cosmology Professor Thomas Hertog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hertog Thomas Hertog is a Belgian cosmologist at KU Leuven University and a key collaborator of Professor Stephen Hawking. https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00010845 Abstract Professor Hertog discussed the development of Hawking’s cosmology, starting from his big bang singularity theorems in the 1950s and ending with his efforts to get theoretical control […]

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Cosmology Day July 2018

Lecture 6: Gravitational waves and cosmology Dr Andrew Williamson https://twitter.com/cosmoblogy?lang=en-gb http://www.uva.nl/en/contact/staff/staff.html?search=Andrew+Williamson Dr Williamson received his PhD from Cardiff University working on gravitational waves and gamma-ray bursts as a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, including a 4 month visit to the LIGO Livingston Observatory in Louisiana. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Gravitation […]

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Cosmology Day July 2018

Lecture 5: Dark Energy – Is it Einstein’s cosmological after all? Professor Ofer Lahav http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucapola/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ofer_Lahav Abstract The talk reviewed the history of Dark Energy (tracing it back to Newton!) and it presented results from new surveys, including the “Dark Energy Survey”. Professor Lahav discussed if Dark Energy is just Einstein’s Cosmological Constant, and the […]

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