Committee on History & Philosophy in Physics

The Committee on the History and Philosophy of Physics (CHPP) promotes the history and philosophy of physics for use in physics classrooms and as important perspectives for a deeper understanding of physics and its teaching.

 

2014 Area Committee of the Year

 

The Committee on History and Philosophy in Physics has been selected as the 2014 AAPT Area Committee of the year.  The Committee has gone beyond the standard responsibilities of Area Committees and the Committee's mission and initiatives are aligned with the 2013 AAPT Strategic Plan. For example, they developed sessions and a field trip to the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis during the 2014 Summer Meeting, started an initiative to connect history of physics with recent developments in physics in such a way that this is useful for teachers of physics through sessions and workshops, continued to expand teachers' perceptions of the history of physics to non-European cultures through sessions and workshops, and are actively working on the Committee's website. The Executive Board appreciates the Committee's initiatives and looks forward to seeing positive outcomes of these and other initiatives.

Reports

 

Homepage
https://sites.google.com/a/aapt.org/hist-phil-phys/

Committee Members

Joanna Behrman, Chair (Term ending after WM2021)

Thomas Foster, Vice Chair (Term ending after WM2021)

Steven J. Maier (Term ending after WM2021)

Andrew J. Mason (Term ending after WM2021)

Chuck Winrich (Term ending after WM2022)

Robert C. Hilborn, Ex Officio

Past Chairs

Ekaterina I. Michonova, PhD (2018)

Christopher M. Nakamura (2019)

Gen Long (2020)

 

Mission

  1. To promote interest in the history and philosophy of physics among the Association members.
  2. To work towards the preservation and deepening of a historical perspective in physics education at all levels.
  3. To develop increased sensitivity among members to the need to preserve careful records of current happenings.
  4. To cooperate, as appropriate, with AIP's Center for the History of Physics and APS's Forum on the History of Physics.