Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week; 1.5 hrs / session


No prerequisites.

Course Description

This class explores the changing roles of physics and physicists during the 20th century. Topics range from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to high-energy physics and cosmology. We examine the development of modern physics and the role of physicists within shifting institutional, cultural, and political contexts, such as Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany, and the US during World War II, and the Cold War.


There is no assigned textbook for this course. All reading assignments should be completed before the appropriate class session. 


Paper 1: 25%  
Paper 2 (first version): 20%  
Paper 2 (revised version): 20%  
Paper 3: 35%

Course Info

As Taught In
Fall 2020
Learning Resource Types
Lecture Notes
Lecture Videos
Written Assignments