Physics in Perspective

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 473–490

Physics in Melbourne

The Physical Tourist

DOI: 10.1007/s00016-005-0222-x

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Home, R.W. Phys. perspect. (2005) 7: 473. doi:10.1007/s00016-005-0222-x


I survey highlights of the practice of physics and allied sciences in Melbourne,Australia, from the 1850s, soon after Europeans first settled in the area, to the present. I note recognizable sites of past and current physical-science activity that may be visited, as well as exhibits of historic items of physics apparatus. I trace the role of physics, in the course of a century and a half, in the evolution of a pioneering settlement into a large city embedded in a modern industrial economy.


MelbourneUniversity of Monash UniversityLa Trobe UniversitySwinburne University of TechnologyRMIT Universityphysicsastronomymeteorologytimemagnetismnuclear ruling enginesradiation dosimetryphysical metrologytelephonyaerodynamicssurface chemical scientific instrumentselectron spectroscopyparticle solar-terrestrial physics

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia