The physical tourist. Physics in Glasgow: a heritage tour

Johnston, S.F. (2006) The physical tourist. Physics in Glasgow: a heritage tour. Physics in Perspective, 8(4), pp. 451-465. (doi:10.1007/s00016-006-0310-6)



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I trace the history of the physical and applied sciences, and particularly physics, in Glasgow. Among the notable individuals I discuss are Joseph Black (1728-1799), James Watt (1736-1819), William John Macquorn Rankine (1820-1872), William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), John Kerr (1824-1907), Frederick Soddy (1877-1956), John Logie Baird (1888-1946), and Ian Donald (1910-1987), as well as physics-related businesses. The locations, centering on the city center and University of Glasgow, include sights both recognizable today and transformed from past usage, as well as museums and archives related to the history and interpretation of physics.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:history of science; glasgow; Glasgow; University of Glasgow; Joseph Black; James Watt; William John Macquorn Rankine; William Thomson; Lord Kelvin; Frederick Soddy; physics teaching laboratories; physics apparatus; Barr & Stroud; Kelvin & Hughes; Ian Donald; medical ultrasound; John Logie Baird
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnston, Professor Sean
Authors: Johnston, S.F.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > Q Science (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Physics in Perspective
Copyright Holders:Copyright © Springer
First Published:First published in Physics in Perspective 8(4):451-165
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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