Plasticine and Valves: Industry, Instrumentation and the Emergence of Nuclear Physics

@inproceedings{Hughes1998PlasticineAV,
  title={Plasticine and Valves: Industry, Instrumentation and the Emergence of Nuclear Physics},
  author={Jeff Hughes},
  year={1998}
}
  • Jeff Hughes
  • Published 1998
  • Engineering
  • It is scientific lore that experimental physics before the Second World War relied on ’sealing-wax and string.’ Synonymous with small-scale, benchtop science, ’sealing-wax and string’ feature prominently in reminiscences about prewar physics, where they have somehow come to epitomise a golden age of innocence before big science and the bomb, the nostalgic era of heroic individuals doing science with whatever meagre resources came to hand. The phrase has become a shorthand for a style, a way of… CONTINUE READING
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