Good History of Physics Web Sites

 

AIP Center for History of Physics

 

The American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics has a number of good web sites on the history of twentieth century physics, plus links to other good sites. Its home page is:

 

            http://www.aip.org/history

 

You can also go directly to web pages developed by the Center on several topics:

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/einstein/                 Albert Einstein’s many contributions

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/electron/                 J.J. Thomson’s discovery of the electron

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/curie/                     Marie Curie & discovery of radioactivity

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/heisenberg/            Werner Heisenberg & uncertainty principle

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/lawrence/               Ernest O. Lawrence and the cyclotron

 

In addition, you can read, download and print copies of selected papers of important early American physicists Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Henry, Albert Michelson, J. Willard Gibbs, Robert Millikan, and Arthur H. Compton at the following link:

 

            http://www.aip.org/history/gap/

 

In collaboration with the Public Broadcasting System, Twin Cities Public Television of Minneapolis-St. Paul produced a television documentary on the invention of the transistor that was an adaptation of Crystal Fire. They also developed a web site in connection with the program that has substantial material that is not in the book. It can be found at:

 

            http://www.pbs.org/transistor/