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    Relocating the History of Science (edited book)
    with Ana Simões, Jürgen Renn, and Theodore Arabatzis
    Springer Verlag. 2015.
    In 1877 Louis Paul Cailletet in France and Raoul Pictet in Switzerland liquefied oxygen in the form of a mist. The liquefaction of the first of the so-called permanent gases heralded the birth of low-temperature research and is often described in the literature as having started a ‘race’ for attaining progressively lower temperatures. In fact, between 1877 and 1908, when helium, the last of the permanent gases, was liquefied, there were many priority disputes—something quite characteristic of th…Read more
  • Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939: Laboratories, Learning and College Life (edited book)
    with Graeme Gooday
    Oxford University Press UK. 2005.
    Physics in Oxford, 1839-1939 offers a challenging 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 in…Read more
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    The Background to the Discovery of Dulong and Petit's Law
    British Journal for the History of Science 4 (1): 1-22. 1968.
    The years immediately after the final downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte could easily have been years of anti-climax in French science. In 1815, after two decades of undoubted greatness, the time, I feel, was ripe for decline. And decline might well have occurred if the traditions and the style of science as practised in France in the period of Napoleon's rule had been carried on unchanged by the disciples of the two great men who had dominated work in the physical sciences for so many years. These …Read more
  • Lindemann and Einstein: The Oxford Connexion
    In Ana Simões, Jürgen Renn & Theodore Arabatzis (eds.), Relocating the History of Science, Springer Verlag. 2015.
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    The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics (edited book)
    with Jed Z. Buchwald
    Oxford University Press. 2013.
    part. I. Physics and the new science -- part. II. The long eighteenth century -- part III. Fashioning the discipline : from natural philosophy to physics -- part IV. Modern physics.