AIP History Center Newsletter
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Spring 2008 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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PARI Astronomical PHotographic Data Archive John Bardeen (left) and Paul Beck
Portion of the storage area at the PARI Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. Photo by Stephen McCluskey. John Bardeen (left) and Paul Beck of the University of Illinois Department of Metallurgy. Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.


The one most important thing to realize about science is that it is a human activity... If science is taught with a large admixture of history this point of view will automatically be stressed. In so doing a purpose will be served that is increasingly important in our present day, namely to impart an adequate appreciation of the fundamental conditions under which science flourishes.

—P.W. Bridgman, 1950


Morgan State University, 1960s Group of men in front of Holmes Hall, Morgan State University, 1960s. L-R: Julius Taylor, unknown man, George Spaulding, Thomas Fraser, Clarence F. Stephens, and unknown man, circa 1960. Photo courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Gift of Julius Taylor.


I have repeatedly noticed that what a scientist is typically credited with having discovered often differs significantly from the way in which the scientist himself characterized his work.

—Kenneth Caneva


Vanity Fair caricature "chemistry"
Caricature from Vanity Fair Supplement: “Chemistry” shows Sir William Ramsay. Photo courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

History of science... protects scientists from the sins of dogma—the arrogant belief that science is infallible, unchallenged and final.... It encourages young scientists not to worship what is already known but to question it.

—Pangratios Papacosta


William Meggers

William Frederick Meggers seems to be walking on water. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, W. F. Meggers Collection.


Einstein's INS declaration
Albert Einstein’s INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) declaration upon entering the United States, circa January 15, 1936. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

By unrolling before [the physics student] the continuous tradition through which the science of each epoch is nourished by the systems of past centuries, through which it is pregnant with the physics of the future; by mentioning to him the predictions that theory has formulated and experiment realized; ... [history] fortifies in him the conviction that physical theory is not merely an artificial system, suitable today and useless tomorrow, but that it is... an increasingly more clear reflection of realities.

—Pierre Duhem


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