Prof. Shaul Katzir

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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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Videos and audios of public talks

פודקאסט  - שיחה על התפתחות התפיסה שהמדע יביא לטכנולוגיה ורווחה חומרית  (אוגוסט 2019)

״מהו ניסוי מכריע? "מייכלסון מורלי" ותיאוריית היחסות הפרטית״ הרצאה במסגרת יום היכרות עם מכון כהן להיסטוריה ופילוסופיה של המדעים והרעיונות (תל אביב, מאי, 2019)  

״מסלולי חיים ומסלולי מחקר: הביוגרפיה כהסבר לבחירת נושאי מחקר״  הרצאה במסגרת יום העיון לזכרו של סם שוובר - החיים הפרטיים של המדע (תל אביב, אפריל, 2018)

“‘In war or in peace:’ The technological promise of science following the First World War,” The Promises of Science. Historical Perspectives (Donostia/San Sebastian, April 2014)

“Theoretical challenges by experimental physics: radiation and its interaction with matter,” 3rd International Conference on the History of Quantum Physics (Berlin, June 2010)

Basic, applied research and technology through the lens of crystal frequency control,” Science Impact: Rethinking the Impact of Basic Research on Society and the Economy (Vienna, May 2007)

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