Prof. Shaul Katzir

History and Philosophy of Science Inst.
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Prof. Shaul Katzir
Phone: 03-6409463
Office: Gilman-humanities, 383


I am the director of the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. My interests and courses range from ancient Greek to twentieth century science and technology within their social, philosophical, cultural and practical contexts. The focus of my research is in the history of the physical sciences and of physics-based technologies (especially those related to electricity and electronics) and their interactions in the 19th and 20th centuries. The main themes of my research include the relationships between science and technology; the role of and interactions between traditions and styles of research and their developments; explanatory (molecular) theory versus phenomenological and “macro” approaches like those employing symmetry and energy considerations; precise experimentation; measurements and measurement standards, in particular of time. I examine the development of physics by looking at “mundane” fields of study like piezoelectricity and electromagnetism as well as studying more famous and revolutionary fields like relativity and early quantum theory.


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