TECHNOLOGY & PHYSICAL SCIENCE HISTORY ASSOCIATES

We are a professional consulting group
specializing in researching and
disseminating a cogent understanding to
a general readership of science and
technology as cultural contributions to
humanity comparable to art, music, and
literature. Past accomplishments include
published studies of literature in print
on the evolution of modern physics; on
letters of physicists printed in those
publications; on Einstein's role at his
centenary; on wave-particle duality; on
the relationship between industrial
application and academic research.
Projects we are developing (a full
description of each is available by
snail-mail on request):

SCIENCE EDUCATION

A series of youth books on selected
aspects of history of science, biological,
mathematical, and physical, to
demonstrate the essentially humanistic
roots of science. These are being
developed in conjunction with a
comparable series of in-service lectures
at the Exploratorium in San Francisco
(where we have over the last decade
contributed expertise to project exhibits
on heat & thermodynamics, teaching
electricity, and navigation) and
publication of the entire series has been
encouraged by the Yolla Bolly Press
which produced the Brown Paper School
USKids History series of books already
in school use nationwide.

COMPUTER DATABASE

We have compiled and maintain the
world's largest database on letters
written to or from physicists active in
this century. It is now available in a
printed form as of 1992, and on-line in
its current form. We plan to issue an
edition on cd-rom if resources will
permit. An interactive demonstration is
available now at the URL:

http://www.peak.org/~danneng/www/ISHTCP.html

LIGHT ON MATTER

Another effort underway is a study for
publication of the understanding of the
action of radiation on matter. This
includes early attempts to make practical
television; the clouded discovery of the
photoelectric effect and its application to
electronics; and the important influence
this discovery had not only on quantum
physics but also on industry.

PRAXIS & PHYSIS

Despite the claims of several historians
not familiar with history of science,
science had little influence on technology
prior to 1880. Through a series of case-
studies, we propose to demonstrate how
technology and science finally
intersected in the period 1880-1920
because both academic studies and
industrial studies occurred and were
conceptualized on the same level
between microscopic and macroscopic.
This had not happened before and
would happen since only after
innovators received academic
instruction. Hence today many believe
that technology has always depended on
science. We wish to clarify the historical
picture lest students be misled midway
on this path of life we're bound upon.

Contact Dr Bruce R. Wheaton, Director

Technology & Physical Science History Associates
1136 Portland Avenue
Albany CA 94706 USA

Voice call to FAX 001.510.524.3216