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ERIC Number: EJ912907
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Apparatus Named after Our Academic Ancestors--I
Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.
Physics Teacher, v48 n9 p604-606 Dec 2010
Let us now praise famous physicists, and the apparatus named after them, with apologies to the writer of Ecclesiastes. I once compiled a list of about 300 pieces of apparatus known to us as X's Apparatus. Some of the values of X are familiar, like Wheatstone and Kelvin and Faraday, but have you heard of Pickering or Rhumkorff or Barlow? In an earlier article about Packard's apparatus, I paid homage to an early-20th-century high school teacher, and other articles have mentioned apparatus by a number of other physicists and physics teachers. In many cases the apparatus came directly out of research being done by the physicist, or from the need to show the phenomena of physics in the classroom and lecture hall. Here are more stories about apparatus and their makers, starting with three pieces of apparatus that are related to the development of electron physics in the latter half of the 19th century.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A