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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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Quantum Physics

Suman Seth.

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Physics

October 2013; p ublished online July 2017 .

Article. Subjects: History of Physics. 24175 words.

This article discusses the history of quantum physics, beginning with an analysis of the process through which a community of quantum theorists and experimentalists came into being. In...

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Through the Academy Door

Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs.

in The Penultimate Curiosity

February 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; History of Physics. 4730 words.

In wake of Socrates’ execution, Plato left Athens and travelled to Italy where he formed a lasting relationship with the Pythagorean community at Tarentum led by Archytas, who seems to have...

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Relativistic astrophysics and cosmology

Malcolm S. Longair.

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Modern Cosmology

March 2019; p ublished online April 2019 .

Article. Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics; History of Physics; Relativity and Gravitation. 19668 words.

Although relativistic astrophysics began in the 1930s with study of supernovae and neutron stars, it was only three decades later that the discovery of extragalactic radio sources, quasars...

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