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Daedalus in Dublin: A Physicist's Labyrinth (2014)


I describe some of the rich physical and natural-philosophy heritage of the urban center of the Irish capital Dublin (first tour) and its environs (second tour), in a two-part excursion that could take between two and eight hours in toto. In terms of history, both tours center around the nineteenth century. The first tour is located in and around Trinity College, and we encounter such personages as William Rowan Hamilton, George Fitzgerald, Ernest Walton, and Erwin Schrödinger, among others. Moving away from Trinity College, the second tour explores some of the periphery of the city. I describe the role of politics, money, and religion in shaping the emergence and development of scientific talent among the Irish people, and consequently the footprint left by physics in the city today, with its numerous sites and names that put Irish physics in an honorable place among the nations.

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Authors & Contributors
Thomas William Barrett
Miguel Ohnesorge
Giraudeau, Martin
Enza Del Tedesco
Weaire, D. L.
Ward, Ann
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Physics in Perspective
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Springer International Publishing
Living Edition
University of Pittsburgh Press
University College Press
Lexington Books
Science and politics
Funding and finance
Natural philosophy
Hamilton, William Rowan
Fitzgerald, George Francis
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolph
Schrödinger, Erwin
Lodge, Oliver
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century
18th century
16th century
West Virginia (U.S.)
Dublin (Ireland)
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin Philosophical Society
East India Company (English)
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (U.S.)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Royal Geographical Society

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