Chair: Denis Weaire

09:00         

(I) The science museum: a discussion of contemporary issues around the presentation of science and its history in museums, galleries and science centres
Ian Blatchford, Director of the London Science Museum, and Ken Arnold, Director of Wellcome Collection. Chaired by Jim Bennett, Visiting Keeper at the Science Museum.

10:00

(I) The induction coil: the natural and social history of a physics instrument
Paolo Brenni, CNR, Fondazione Scienza e Tecnica Florence, Italy

10:40

Coffee

 

Chair: Patricia Fara

11:10

(I) This splendid apparatus: the material culture of electromagnetic induction
Iwan Morus, Aberystwyth University, UK

11:50

Theoretical soundness confronts practical feasibility: the 1882 debate over methods of determining the Ohm in national and international context
Daniel Mitchell, University of Cambridge , UK

12:10

John Welsh FRS and the origins of instrument standardisation at Kew Observatory
Lee Macdonald, University of Leeds, UK

12:30

Lunch

 

Chair: Malcolm Cooper

14:00

(I) 'From Power physics to Pure physics? Reflections on a changing discipline'
Graeme Gooday, University of Leeds

14:40

Gas mantles, rare earths, and German radium: reassessing the rise of nuclear physics in Weimar
Xavier Roqué, Center for History of Science, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

15:00

New perspectives on steady-state cosmologies: from Einstein to Hoyle
Simon Mitton1 and Cormac O'Raifeartaigh2,  University of Cambridge, UK1 and Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland2

15:20

David Gill - magnificent and desirable astronomer
John Reid, University of Aberdeen , UK

15:40

Tea

 

Chair: Peter Schuster

16:00

(I) Demystifying Maxwell's demon: its historical role on the route from thermodynamics to (quantum-) information theory
Heinz Krenn, Karl-Franzens-Universitat Graz, Austria

16:40

Using the magic wand-Arnold Sommerfeld, the intensity of multiplets, and the correspondence principle
Martin Jähnert, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Germany

17:00

Closing remarks

17:10 Close of conference