Brown Bag Talks at AIP

These informal talks are presented to give insight into new areas of research being done in the history of physics and its allied fields. They are open to the public, take place around lunchtime, and are held at the American Center for Physics in College Park, MD.

Talks are often given by visiting researchers or historians using the Niels Bohr Library & Archives or having received a grant-in-aid from the Center to complete their work.

Upcoming Talks

  • Wednesday, March 25, 2015
    Astronaut Ambassadors: The Apollo 11 Goodwill Tour and the Role of Space Exploration in Science Diplomacy
    Teasel Muir-Harmony, Ph.D., Associate Historian at the Center for History of Physics at AIP

Past Talks

  • Tuesday, February 24, 2015
    Shaping a Middle Ground: Emergence of the AGU Committee on Environmental Quality, 1970–1974
    Given by Gabriel Henderson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Historian, Center for Science Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014
    "How Dark Matter Came To Matter: A History of Missing Mass, 1970–1975"
    "How We Lost 25% of the Universe; A History of Dark Matter”
    Given by Jaco de Swart of the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Amsterdam and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
  • Monday, July 21, 2014
    John Wheeler's H-bomb blues: Searching for a missing document at the height of the Cold War
    Given by Alex Wellerstein, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for History of Physics
  • April 2, 2013
    Toward a social and cultural history of Big Bang cosmology
    Given by Kendrick Oliver, Reader in American history at the University of Southampton
  • March 22, 2013
    Polarization on the prairie: The history of early polarimetry and ellipsometry in Nebraska
    Given by Ron Synowicki, Woolam Co. Measurements Lab