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Department of Physics
open chemistry
KVL / Klausuren / MAP 1st HS: 08.04  2nd HS: 27.05 15.07  begin WS: 14.10

4020190158 Historical development of physics – on the basis of experiments, theories and biographies      VVZ  

Fri 13-15
weekly NEW 15 1'202 (34) Barbara Sandow
Fri 15-17
weekly NEW 15 1'202 (34) Barbara Sandow


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The specific selection of knowledge, experiments or theories, that have decisively helped physics, provide an insight of the history of physics and antiquity to the modern times. Thereby the historical meaning of the knowledge as well as their physical contents with help of simple experiments and theoretical considerations are displayed. Every chapter portrays the life and the personality of individual male and female scientists, who had a crucial role in the development of physics. Beside the lecture one should examine the epistemological aspects of physics during the different centuries in a seminar. In addition we will read original documents by Ohm, Hertz, Planck, and Einstein and prepare historical experiments.
This lecture turns primarily to students of physics, and in particular to future teachers. However, it is also suited for enthusiasts interested in the matter of physics.

assigned modules
amount, credit points; Exam / major course assessment
0 SWS, 6 SP/ECTS (Arbeitsanteil im Modul für diese Lehrveranstaltung, nicht verbindlich)
Dr. Barbara Sandow,
Simonyis, Károly. Kulturgeschichte der Physik, Von den Anfängen bis heute. Frankfurt am Mein:Harri Deutsch Verlag 2004
Schreier, Wolfgang (Hrsg.). Geschichte der Physik. Berlin: DVW, 1991
Hermann, Armin. Lexikon - Geschichte der Physik A-Z. Köln: Aulis-Verlag 2007
Fara, Patricia. 4000 Jahre Wissenschaft. Heidelberg: Spectrum Akademischer Verlag, 2010
de Padova, Thomas. Leibniz, Newton und die Erfindung der Zeit. München: Piper Verlag, 2013
Wussing, Hans. 6000 Jahre Mathematik - eine Kulturgeschichtliche Zeitreise. 2 Bände. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 2008
Wussing, Hans. Vorlesung zur Geschichte der Mathematik. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Harri Deutsch, 2008
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