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Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939
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Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939: Laboratories, Learning and College Life

Robert Fox and Graeme Gooday


This book offers a new interpretation of pre-war physics at the University of Oxford, which was far more dynamic than most historians and physicists have been prepared to believe. It explains, on the one hand, how attempts to develop the University's Clarendon Laboratory by Robert Clifton, Professor of Experimental Philosophy from 1865 to 1915, were thwarted by academic politics and funding problems, and latterly by Clifton's idiosyncratic concern with precision instrumentation. Conversely, by examining in detail the work of college fellows and their laboratories, the book reconstructs the dec ... More

Keywords: Clarendon Laboratory, Robert Clifton, J. S. E. Townsend, F. A. Lindemann, wartime research, radar, atomic weapons, Oxford University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567929
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567929.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Fox, editor
Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford, UK

Graeme Gooday, editor
School of Philosophy, University of Leeds, UK

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