Continuity and Discontinuity in the
Physical Sciences Since the Enlightenment

A Conference for Graduate Students and Early-Career Scholars

Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31, 2011
American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD

Welcome! The Center for History of Physics is pleased to host a four-day conference for graduate students and early-career scholars on the theme: Continuity and Discontinuity in the Physical Sciences since the Enlightenment. We hope you will be able to attend.

Register for the conferenceWe request that all participants, including presenters, register (closed) for the conference. Deadline for registration is Friday, July 15, 2011.

The American Institute of Physics is not just home to the Center for History of Physics, but also the prestigious Niels Bohr Library and Archive and the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Please browse our website to learn more about our collections and grants-in-aid. While at the conference, we hope you will take time to tour our facilities to learn more about our archival resources and mission.

Enjoy the meeting!

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Hotel Name: Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel Address: 7810 Walker Drive
Greenbelt, Maryland 20770
Phone Number:  240-542-2530
Group Name: AIP History Conference
Group Code: HISFIZ
Check-in: 27-JUL-2011
Check-out: 31-JUL-2011

Conference Presenters and Attendees: To facilitate your stay in the DC area, AIP has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, but it is up to you to make the reservation. You will need to reserve for July 27 to 31. Share your room with a colleague and save!

We have arranged for shuttles to transport conference attendees from the hotel to the conference location. (Please note that the hotel is not within walking distance of the metro rail or the American Institute of Physics.)

For those interested in staying elsewhere, the American Institute of Physics is conveniently located only a short distance from the College Park Metro Station along the Green Line. For more information about public transit, please visit

Directions to the American Institute of Physics

Public transit is available from BWI Airport to the Greenbelt Station of the Washington DC Metro system on the B30 Bus. Signs on the ceiling of the BWI terminal baggage claim area point the way to Doors 2 and 17, near the bus stop. The cost is $6 and requires exact change (six $1 bills or a $5 bill and a $1). When you reach Greenbelt Metro Station, ride the Green Line one stop to College Park Metro Station. From there, AIP is within walking distance. Walk ten minutes SOUTH along River Road and look for AIP on the right side.

About the Local Area

The Center for History of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives, and Emilio Segrè Visual Archives are part of the American Institute of Physics, located in College Park, MD. College Park is also home to the University of Maryland, one of the largest universities in the state, and a short distance from Washington, DC.

You may want to consider staying an extra day to explore some of the many local attractions. Washington DC, in addition to being the capital of the United States, boasts a number of excellent museums, libraries, and restaurants. For example, you may want to visit the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, or the National Gallery of Art. Many of these places offer free admission (be sure to check) and are located on the National Mall, which is accessible by the metro rail system.

You may also enjoy seeing other areas of the Capitol region, such as Dupont Circle, a lively area with many embassies, restaurants, private art museums, and used bookstores; the Eastern Market, which boasts a large open air flee market on Sundays; or Alexandria, an historic town located just south of DC, which has a number of good restaurants and lots of old-world charm. All of these areas are accessible by metro rail.

As with other large cities, please be careful and mindful of your surroundings and personal belongings.

For more information about the Capitol region and local attractions, check out:

We hope you enjoy your visit!