IMFUFA-seminar: Interacting Fields - Analogy and Knowledge Transfer in Postwar Physics

Pricipal and Associate Professor Christian Joas from Department of Science Education at University of Copenhagen presents selected case studies of processes of knowledge transfer within physics and discuss how they affected the postwar practices of physicists in solid-state, nuclear, and later even particle physics.
Onsdag
06
maj
Start:kl. 14.00
Slut:kl. 16.00
Sted: Roskilde Universitet, Universitetsvej 1, Bygning 27.1, lokale I (27.1-189)

After World War II, physics grew bigger and new subdisciplines emerged. Methods and terminologies of solid-state, nuclear, and particle physicists began to diverge. Despite this diversification, the unity of physics as a discipline was rarely questioned by the actors. In my talk I study this inner tension in postwar physics by examining the history of quantum many-body physics during the 1950s. The field was a key arena for knowledge transfer in physics, as it centered not around a shared object of study, but around a shared set of methods. It thus enabled knowledge transfer between subdisciplines, often through the establishment of analogies between models of otherwise quite disparate physical phenomena. I present selected case studies of processes of knowledge transfer within physics and discuss how they affected the postwar practices of physicists in solid-state, nuclear, and later even particle physics.

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