HISTORY: Chronicling Physics

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1459
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1459c

The 1600s were heady days for physics, what with such giant advances as the invention of thermometers, the discovery that dumping acid on a metal created a flammable gas (hydrogen), and an experiment showing that if you put two halves of an iron sphere together and suck out the air, even teams of horses can't pull them apart. Those are highlights from a timeline of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics being built by Jeff Biggus, a physics history fan in Boulder, Colorado. Biggus, who's also chronicling electromagnetism and hypercomplex numbers from Greek times to the late 1900s, has created timelines that are concise, readable, and filled with references and links. The site also lists other good science timelines.


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