The Conservative Mode: Robert A. Millikan and the Twentieth-Century Revolution in Physics

  title={The Conservative Mode: Robert A. Millikan and the Twentieth-Century Revolution in Physics},
  author={Robert Hugh Kargon},
  pages={509 - 526}
  • R. Kargon
  • Published 1 December 1977
  • Physics
  • Isis
O OBERT A. MILLIKAN'S ENTRANCE into the physics profession spanned critical discontinuities. Trained in the methods and theories of classical optics, electromagnetism, and mechanics during the early 1890s, he began his academic career in 1896-1897, a time when the discipline was undergoing changes which dramatically altered its character. The discovery within two years of X-rays, of Becquerel rays (radioactivity), and of a subatomic particle (the electron) initiated a period of ferment within… 
5 Citations

Essay Review: Hustlers and Patrons of Science, Millikan's School: A History of the California Institute of Technology, Partners in Science: Foundations and Natural Scientists 1900–1945

Towards the end of the nineteenth century the vast fortunes acquired by some industrial magnates in the USA began to be poured into philanthropic foundations and new universities. Pride of place

A sense of history: History of science and the teaching of introductory quantum theory

This paper argues that some kind of historical perspective is a conditio sine qua non in the teaching of physics. Without a proper historical perspective the student will not experience physics as

Mid-nineteenth-century American astronomy: Science in a developing nation

Summary Many mid-nineteenth-century American astronomers who added little or nothing to the advancement of knowledge nevertheless merit attention for their efforts to advance science in a developing

Remembering the oil-drop experiment

In their memoirs, Robert Millikan and Harvey Fletcher describe what happened during the months leading up to their now-famous measurements on charged droplets. But intriguing differences in the

Hustlers and patrons of science.

  • J. Morrell
  • Education
    History of science; an annual review of literature, research and teaching
  • 1993



Some New Values of the Positive Potentials Assumed by Metals in a High Vacuum under the Influence of Ultra-Violet Light

  • Phys. Rev
  • 1910

On the Cause of the Apparent Differences Between Spark and Arc Sources in the Imparting of Initial Speeds to Photoelectrons

  • Phys. Rev
  • 1912

Multhauf , " The Society and its Concerns

  • 1975