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History of Physics

Introduction to resources for the history of physics from ancient times to twentieth century

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You will find starting points for finding primary materials (manuscripts, archives, images, etc.), books and book chapters, articles from journals, and online resources for the history of physics.  History of physics materials may be found in the more general resources for the history of science, so several of the resources cover more than just physics and physicists.

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Andrea Twiss-Brooks
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Geophysical Sciences

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Proquest Digital Dissertations is a resource listing dissertations from US and Canada.  Some dissertations are available for full text download.

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