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Physics in Perspective

Published/Hosted by Springer. ISSN (printed): 1422-6944. ISSN (electronic): 1422-6960.

Physics in Perspective (PIP) was created to convey to a broad spectrum of readers a deeper understanding and appreciation of the way physics is conducted of its content and application and of the profound influence that physics has had in changing our conception of the natural world and in shaping our modern scientific and technological culture. The journal strives to deepen the readerís physics «literacy» and thereby bridge the gulf between the physicist and the non-physicist by encouraging the publication of historical and philosophical studies. Such studies are essential to understanding a field whose complex achievements are the result of an often unpredictable and often cross-disciplinary interplay of observation experiment and theory occurring over extended periods of time. The scope of subject matter is virtually limitless. Historical articles can be situated in any cultural context and in any period of time. Authors can explore the theoretical and experimental foundations of physics; the nature and achievements of physics in academic governmental and industrial settings; its role as both a source and product of new instruments and devices; how it has extended into allied scientific disciplines such as astrophysics chemical physics and geophysics. Philosophical articles can focus on any subject that makes explicit connections to the foundation or history of the field. Papers may take the form of first-person or biographical accounts review articles or close-ups on specialized topics. One quality however must be common to each contribution: the power to make the results of historical and philosophical studies vibrant and exciting to physicists teachers students and the public at large.

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