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Frequently Used Textbooks and References [back to top]

Cohen, I. Bernard. The Birth of a New Physics, rev. ed. (New York: Norton, 1985) - Physics in the scientific revolution, 16th through 17th century. 

Holton, Gerald, and Stephen Brush. Physics, the Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001) - Teaching physics with an accurate historial perspective. 

Purrington, Robert D. Physics in the Nineteenth Century. (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997) - Survey of the great breakthroughs in electromagnetism, thermodynamics, etc. 

Jungnickel, Christa and McCormmach, Russell. Intellectual Mastery of Nature. Theoretical Physics from Ohm to Einstein Chicago: University of Chicago Press, c1986). 2 vols. - The emergence of theoretical physics as a discipline, mostly in Germany and Austria, 1850 to 1925. 

Nye, Mary Jo. Before Big Science: The Pursuit of Modern Chemistry and Physics 1800-1940 (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1996) - Thorough study of the two sciences together, including social context. 

Segrè, Emilio. From X-Rays to Quarks: Modern Physicists and Their Discoveries. (New York: W.H. Freeman & Co., 1980) - A very readable first-hand account of the history of 20th century physics by an important physicist. 

Kragh, Helge. Quantum Generations : A History of Physics in the Twentieth Century. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press, 1999) - Comprehensive but compact survey of the most important developments. 

Supplee, Curt. Physics in the 20th Century. (New York: Abrams, 1999)
- Entertaining history written by a science journalist, with many fine pictures. 

Kevles, Daniel J. The Physicists: The History of a Scientific Community in Modern America.rev. edition (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1995) - The story of American physicists from the 1870s through the death of the Superconducting Super Collider in 1993. 

Dictionary of Scientific Biography.16 vols. (New York: Scribner, 1970-1980) - Definitive short biographies of several thousand of the most important scientists of all times, excluding living ones. 

Weaver, Jefferson H., ed. The World of Physics: A Small Library of the Literature of Physics from Antiquity to the Present : The Einstein Universe and the Bohr Atom. 3 vols. (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987) - In their own words: an anthology of original writings.


Related Syllabi [back to top]

Our set of History of Physics Syllabi

History of Science Society Syllabi

History of Chemistry Syllabi

History of Technology Syllabi

Twentieth Century Science and Technology (University of Minnesota)


Other Resources [back to top]

Our online exhibits and resources links

Our bibliographies and links on Marie Curie, Einstein, Werner Heisenberg,
E.O. Lawrence, Andrei Sakharov, and the Transistor

Our annual bibliography

The American Physical Society has a fine online wall chart: "A Century of Physics" covering 1900-2000

Teaching resources from the History of Science Society

Syllabus Finder from the Center for History and New Media

Other history of science links


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