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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
Hankins, Thomas L.
Fraser, Craig G.
Nakane, Michiyo
Houston, Ken
D'Agostino, Salvatore
Guzzardi, Luca
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Physics in Perspective
Physis: Rivista Internazionale di Storia della Scienza
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Latin American Research Review
American Scientist
University College Press
Lexington Books
Harvard University Asia Center
Living Edition
University of Pittsburgh Press
Science and politics
Natural philosophy
Funding and finance
Science and religion
Hamilton, William Rowan
Fitzgerald, George Francis
Schrödinger, Erwin
Hertz, Heinrich Rudolph
Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron
Lodge, Oliver
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
17th century
21st century
Latin America
West Virginia (U.S.)
United States
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (U.S.)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Trinity College Dublin

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