- History of Physics
Room VC 309
My research areas are the history of physics
and history of technology of the twentieth century. Specifically, I am
interested in how science and engineering have shaped each other at the levels
of mathematical structures, physical theories, experiment, instrumentation, and
the development of new technology. One ongoing project concerns the history of
radio science and technology in 1900-50 and their relationship with atmospheric
science. The components of this project include early wave-propagation studies,
radio amateurs, the discovery of the ionosphere, and the rise of ionosphere
research in atmospheric science. Another project I am doing now is a broad
history of noise in sound technology, statistical physics, mathematics of
probability, and telecommunications engineering from the late nineteenth to the
mid-twentieth century. From this historical research, I also hope to shed light
on some current philosophical issues in life, physical, and quantitative social
sciences concerning the natures of fluctuations and uncertainties.
- "Scientific fact or engineering specification? The U.S. Navy's experiments on long-range wireless telegraphy
circa 1910," Technology and Culture, 45:1 (2004), 1-29.
- "The study of long-distance radio-wave propagation: 1900-1919," Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, 33:2 (2003), 369-403.
- "Towards target recognition from SAR imagery
using electromagnetics-based signatures," Optical Engineering, 42:7 (2003),
2129-2149 (with C. Cho and J. H. Shapiro).
- "Quantum theory of second-order soliton based
on a linearization approximation," Journal of the Optical Society of America B,
16:8 (1999), 1269-1279.
- "Atmospheric effect on microwave polarimetric
passive remote sensing of ocean surfaces," Radio Science, 34:2 (1999), 521-537
(with S. H. Yueh, K. H. Ding, and J. A. Kong).
- "Control Technology—electronic
signals," and "Radio—continuous waves, alternators, valves," in Colin
Hempstead and William Worthington (eds.), Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century
Technology, New York: Rutledge, 2004.
- Vivien Hamilton (adviser)
- Michelle Hoffman (dissertation committee)
- Jonathan Turner (exam committee)