09:10         

Opening of conference 

 

Chair: Edward Davis

09:20

(I) History of physics, and what it's good for
John Heilbron, UC Berkeley, USA

10:00

Repercussions of war. Did atomic physics profit from service to ballistics and sound-ranging?
Arne Schirrmacher, Humboldt Universität, Germany

10:20

The shaping of interwar physics by technology - the case of piezoelectricity
S Katzir, Tel Aviv University, Israel

10:40

Coffee

 

Chair: Andrew Whitaker

11:10 

(I) Volta, batteries and the marvels of current electricity
Hasok Chang, University of Cambridge, UK

11:50

John Michell (1724-93) and the quantification of magnetism
Jim Grozier, University College London, UK

12:10

Ludvig Lorenz, electromagnetism, and the theory of telephone currents
Helge Kragh, Aarhus University, Denmark

12:30

Lunch

 

Chair: Stephen Elliott

14:00

(I) Physics and Trinity College
Malcolm Longair, University of Cambridge, UK

14:40

Electrical discharges and dancing elephants: mass spectrometry and control of the atomic molecular realm
Keith Nier, USA

15:00

(I) The dynamics of concepts in early electromagnetism
Friedrich Steinle, Technical University, Berlin, Germany

15:40

Tea

 

Chair: Helge Kragh

16:10

(I) Why were Cavendish's electrical researches important to Maxwell?
Isobel Falconer, University of St Andrews, UK

16:50

Rutherford's first researches - the transmission of power without wires
John Campbell, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

17:10

Radioactive contamination in the papers of Lord Rutherford: historical and radioarchaeological perspectives
Neil Todd, University of Manchester, UK

17:30

Video of Henrietta Leavitt

17:30

Poster session, Trinity College cloisters

19:30

Conference dinner