What’s in a Name Change?

  title={What’s in a Name Change?},
  author={Joseph D. Martin},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • Joseph D. Martin
  • Published 8 January 2015
  • Physics, Education
  • Physics in Perspective
When solid state physics emerged in the 1940s, its name was controversial. By the 1970s, some physicists came to prefer “condensed matter” as a way to identify the discipline of physics examining complex matter. Physicists and historians often gloss this transition as a simple rebranding of a problematically named field, but attention to the motives behind these names reveals telling nuances. “Solid state physics” and “condensed matter physics”—along with “materials science,” which also emerged… 
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