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