CONFERENCE: Paradigm shifts across the ages
This event will be a one-day conference on Saturday 8th June 2019 on Paradigm Shifts Across the Ages. The history of physics can be viewed as consisting of major paradigm shifts followed by decades and even centuries working through the consequences of the dominating paradigm. As examples, the Copernican revolution overtook the millennium-old Ptolemaic system of astronomy, and likewise Newton’s mechanics replaced the ancient Aristotelian system. More recently, the advent of special relativity and quantum mechanics superceded the classical ideas of time, space and matter. This conference will examine how physics has developed from antiquity to the present day through Kuhn’s concept of paradigm shifts.

Registration and attendance at the conference are FREE.

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Date: 8 June 2019, 10:30 (Saturday, 6th week, Trinity 2019)
Venue: Martin Wood Lecture Theatre, Department of Physics, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU
Speakers: Professor Liba Taub (University of Cambridge), Professor Rob Iliffe (University of Oxford), Professor Frank James (The Royal Institution), Professor John Preston (University of Reading)
Organiser: St Cross College
Part of: HAPP: St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics
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Cost: Free but registration is required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Laura Spence, Belinda Clark