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Zahler, Sussman, and Kolata Controversy of 1977

In Steven Strogatz's "Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering", Storgatz mentions a "violent controversy" between Zahler, ...
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How the concept of Momentum was discovered?

As we already know that the concept of Momentum was discovered before Newton discovered his laws of motion, but my question is $\rightarrow$ How they discovered the relationship p=mv without knowing ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

As usual when I see an article about asking about mathematicians, I cannot help to ask what about physics? Inspired by Literary works authored by mathematicians what are some physicist that also were ...
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Whom did Sommerfeld prefer as student?

On the occasion of Heisenberg's death, Wigner wrote an obituary in April 1976 issue of Physics Today (pp. 86-87): Sommerfeld, an excellent teacher with a wonderful overall knowledge of his discipline,...
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What is the origin of the rubber sheet analogy?

I am trying to track down the first use of the 'bowling ball on a rubber sheet' analogy to explain spacetime curvature in general relativity. I have found a lot of secondary sources that give ...
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When Was The Leidenfrost Effect First Demonstrated By Touching Molten Metal?

The Leidenfrost Effect is a described as follows on Wikipedia: The Leidenfrost effect is a physical phenomenon in which a liquid, close to a surface that is significantly hotter than the liquid's ...
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What or who is Peloritan in the name "Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti"?

The University of Messina has a scientific organization and publication "Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti", see 1. What is the origin and meaning of the word "peloritana"?
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Who named Black Hole?

A black hole is a compact region of spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing, even light, can escape from its event horizon, and, interestingly, Einstein didn't accept this viewpoint. Now, I'...
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Gravity's Rainbow: An accidental nominal similarity in science and literature?

There is an interesting extension of Einstein's Special Relativity, known as Doubly Special Relativity (presented after 2002) in which there is not only an observer-independent maximum velocity (i.e., ...
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How was charge to mass ratio measured via electrolysis in 19th century?

I think this question is useful to know how sir J.J.Thomson inferred from his experiment that the electron had to be 1700 lighter than hydrogen, as he declared in his Nobel Lecture of 1906: Before ...
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Alhazen's problem history

I was wondering if anyone has read '' alhazen book of optics'' and has understood his solution of Alhazen's problem. I know a modern solution of the problem by Dörrie-100 great problems of mathematics,...
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When did it become a mainstream stereotype that physicists hate philosophy?

Question I'm searching for the origin of the stereotype (regardless of validity) that physicists hate philosophy? This opinion seems to be more mainstream in the public domain. I do concede they are ...
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