The Physical Tourist

Physics in Perspective

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 473-490

First online:

Physics in Melbourne

  • R. W. HomeAffiliated withDepartment of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne Email author 

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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.


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