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American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics

We have many educational web exhibits (some are even available for a free download). ___Marie Curie and the Science of Radioactivity: Her discovery of radium changed our understanding of matter and energy and brought a new era for medicine. The extraordinary romance of her life is illustrated with many pictures and basic explanations. ___The Curie in Brief exhibit is a lively tour of the main points, especially for young people, including letters and other writings by Curie. ___Albert Einstein: Image and Impact: His astounding theories and his thoughtful philosophy rose above a turbulent life. The story, checked for accuracy by leading historians, will interest all readers. Enhanced with striking pictures, voice clips, and essays, this is a one-stop source for Einstein information. ___Transistorized! - History of the Transistor: Find how three physicists in the 1940s developed the device that created our information age. The story, combining science, biography and social inputs, is told by top science journalists and enlivened by a variety of multi-media clips and supplements. With Teachers’ Guide. ___Lawrence and the Cyclotron: As he built machines to study subatomic particles, Ernest O. Lawrence created modern "Big Science." After helping make the first atomic bombs, he became a leader of Cold War science. His biography is illustrated with pictures, simple science explanations and a song. ___Heisenberg / Uncertainty: The “uncertainty principle” that Werner Heisenberg used to explain quantum theory is explained with text, pictures and voice clips. Heisenberg’s leading biographer tells the full story of this eventful life, including the physicist’s controversial role in Nazi Germany's nuclear program. ___Papers of Great American Physicists: See science in action by reading actual reproductions of some of the greatest physics papers of all time, by physicists including Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Henry, Albert Michelson, Robert Millikan and Arthur Holly Compton. With brief biographies and explanations. ___Sakharov: Soviet Physics, Nuclear Weapons & Human Rights: Andrei Sakharov, the father of the Soviet Union’s hydrogen bomb, went on to struggle for human rights, peace and democracy, sacrificing his high position for exile and repression. His remarkable pilgrimage is explained by his biographer and illuminated with rare photos. ___The Discovery of the Electron: How do you discover a particle so small that nobody has ever seen one? J. J. Thomson ingeniously figured out the chief properties of this particle, basic to modern life. The story of his work (and of Thomson’s life as a whole) tells much about science and our world. ___The Discovery of Global Warming: This hyperlinked set of 30 essays, the only one of its kind, explains from many angles the century of scientific and social challenges that made the world’s scientists conclude that climate change is very likely to become a severe problem. With photos, charts, bibliography, links. ___Moments of Discovery: Fission, Pulsar: Follow discoveries hour by hour, even minute by minute, through the scientists' own tape-recorded words. Famous physicists recall how they discovered the key to nuclear energy. Two young astronomers recorded on the spot their momentous first use of a telescope. Illustrated. Teachers’ Guides help explain the scientific process with lesson plans and exercises.


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