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Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

Chen-Pang Yeang

  • Chen-Pang Yeang History of Physics

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Research interests

My research areas are the history of physics and the history of technology from the late nineteenth century to the present. I focus on how science and engineering have shaped each other at the levels of mathematical structures, physical theories, experimentation, instrumentation, and the development of new technologies. I am particularly interested in issues related to the production, justification, circulation, application, and transformation of technical knowledge in the mutual shaping between science and engineering. I also pay close attention to the different meanings and functions of technical knowledge to distinct professional or intellectual communities.

Along this direction, I have been undertaking six research projects:

Selected Publications

Supervisions

Ari Gross, (Supervisor), “Form and Function: Seeing, Knowing, and Reasoning with Diagrams in the Practice of Science,” conferred November 2013.

Vivien Hamilton, (Supervisor), “’Incongruent Bedfellows’: Physics and Medicine in the Formation of North American and British Radiology, 1896-1930,” conferred November 2012.

Michelle Hoffman, (Co-supervisor / Y. Gingras), “Constructing School Science: Physics, Biology and Chemistry Education in Ontario High Schools, 1880-1940,” conferred June 2013.

Bruce Petrie, (Supervisory committee), “The Roots of Transcendental Numbers: 1700-1900,” in progress.

Isaac Record, (Supervisory committee), “Knowing Instruments: Design, Reliability, and Scientific Practice,” conferred March 2012.

Nicolas Sanchez-Guerrero, (Supervisor), “Science Education in Colombian High Schools: A Study on the Formation of Public Understandings of Science,” in progress.

Jonathan Turner, (Supervisory committee) "The Defence Research Board of Canada, 1947-1974,” conferred November 2012.

Aaron Wright (Supervisor), “More than nothing: A history of the vacuum in theoretical physics, 1955-1973,” in progress.