Working Groups

Physical Sciences

The Working Group on the History of the Physical Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on third Fridays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.

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Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • April 19, 2019

    Myles Jackson, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, on "Radio Engineers, Scientists, Musicians, and the Trautonium."

  • March 15, 2019

    Gregory Good, American Institute of Physics, on space weather: "Between the Sun and the Earth, Between Science, Environment, Technology." This session will be a power point presentation and discussion. 

  • February 15, 2019

    Tiffany Nichols, Harvard University, "'From California to the New York Island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream Waters': LIGO's Site Selection History." 

  • January 18, 2019

    Dagomar Degroot, Georgetown University, "Civilization and the Cosmos: Introducing the Environmental History of the Solar System."

  • November 16, 2018

    Theo Dryer, UCSD, "Statistical Indeterminacy and the Destruction Data Economy, 1900-1945."

  • October 19, 2018

    David Cahan, University of Nebraska, will discuss a chapter from his new book, Helmholtz: A Life in Science (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2018): "The Burdens of Building Physics" (chapter 18).

  • September 21, 2018

    Mary X. Mitchell, Purdue University, will discuss her article draft, "The Cosmology of Evidence: Citizenship, Law, and Biological Knowledge after Three Mile Island."

  • April 20, 2018

    Climerio Paula da Silva Neto, Universidade Federal do Oeste da Bahia, Brazil. "The Early Days of Soviet Quantum Electronics and Transnational Exchanges in the Cold War"

  • February 16, 2018

    Gabriel Henderson, Postdoctoral Research Associate, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD.  "Resurrecting Maunder's Ghost: John 'Jack' Eddy, the Maunder Minimum, and the Rise of a Dilettante Astrophysicist."

  • January 19, 2018

    Melinda (Lindy) Baldwin, Books Editor, Physics Today, American Institute of Physics. "How 'real' science' became peer reviewed: Tracing the role of scientific refereeing through the 19th and 20th centuries."