Grants-in-Aid Help Young Scholars Connect

Alexander Blum of the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte writes about how a Grant-in-Aid from the Center for History of Physics helped him attend the Summer 2011 conference for young scholars in College Park, MD.

A Grant-in-Aid of the Friends of the Center for History of Physics allowed me to attend last summer's young scholars conference on 'Continuity and Discontinuity in the Physical Sciences since the Enlightenment' and present a paper on the history of the concept of vacuum polarization.

This was an important milestone for me, since it was the first conference in the history of physics at which I got to present my own work, after I switched from physics to history of physics after my PhD last year.

The costs of traveling to the United States from Europe are often prohibitive for young scholars, but it is extremely important for us to keep contact with the vibrant history of science community in the U.S. In fact, from the discussions I had at the conference, there emerged a collaborative project with a PhD student from Pittsburgh, which he and I are currently working on.

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