Galileo’s Moons in the History of Science
A look at the role of the Galilean Moons in the history of science from the problem of longitude to the speed of light, from the birth of astronomical interferometry to the beginnings of exobiology
A Short History of Hyperspace
The history multiple dimensions.
Paul Lévy’s Black Swan: The Physics of Outliers
Black swans and data outliers in physics
Paul Dirac’s Delta Function
The history of the delta function from Cauchy to Dirac.
A Short History of Quantum Entanglement
The back-story of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics.
A Short History of Quantum Tunneling
The historical origins of quantum tunneling.
The Anharmonic Harmonic Oscillator
The historical origins of anharmonicity in oscillations.
Hermann Minkowski’s Spacetime: The Theory Einstein Overlooked
The historical origins of spacetime.
The Many Dimensions of Oskar Klein
Klein-Gordon equation and Superstring theory
The Bountiful Bernoullis of Basel
The amazing mathematical clan from Basel
Henri Poincaré and his Homoclinic Tangle
The beginning of chaos theory.
Brook Taylor’s Infinite Sequence
The history of the Taylor Expansion.
Timelines in the History and Physics of Dynamics
Timeline with links to primary texts
Johann Bernoulli’s Brachistrochrone
The brachistochrone problem
Curves of equal time
George Green’s Theorem
George Green’s biography and the development of his theorem
George Stoke’s Law of Drag
The law of viscous drag
The Solvay Debates: Einstein vs Bohr
The Bohr-Einstein debates on quantum theory
Who Invented the Quantum: Einstein vs Planck
The origin of the quantum of light
Karl Schwarschild’s Radius
Karl Schwarzschild’s wide range of physics
Merging gravity and quantum mechanics
George Duffing’s Equation
Nonlinear spring equation and chaos
Galileo Unbound: The History of the Physics of Motion (Oxford, 2018)
The history of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems.