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Initial Conditions: A Physics History Podcast

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

Initial conditions provide the context in which physics happens. Likewise, in Initial Conditions: a Physics History Podcast, we provide the context in which physical discoveries happened. We dive into the collections of the Niels Bohr Library & Archives at the American Institute of Physics to uncover the unexpected stories behind the physics we know. Through these stories, we hope to challenge the conventional history of what it means to be a physicist.


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Justin, Maura, and Allison reflect on the creation of Initial Conditions and speak to some of the other staff at the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and the Center for History of Physics. They share their favorite episodes, the episodes they wish they ... more

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In this episode, Justin and Maura interview speakers and students who attended the 2022 Society for Physics Students Physics Congress. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell shares the story of her 1967 discovery of radio pulsars and her omission from the Nobel P... more

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4.3 out of 5 stars from 31 ratings
  • Excellent Pod for the Science Curious

    I’m a huge fan of Initial Conditions. An extremely informative and well produced podcast. Love the hosts. Looking forward to many more season of this great content!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago
  • Physics in a different light

    When a friend suggested this I was skeptical but it turns out I love physics history! The writing is great and I’m even learning a little bit about physics. A great addition to my podcast line up!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Good stuff!

    Informative and entertaining! Really happy to have this in my podcast feed, just the thing for my commute!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Interesting and informative

    Such interesting topics and so well done. Really cool that they go into the archives for each episode

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • unnecessarily overly speculative

    While the facts and circumstances surrounding Eunice Foote’s work are quite intriguing and the presentation of them is a positive step toward the long overdue exposition of known past scientific work by women; I found the presentation too speculative along the current ideologically driven agenda concerning equity in science. Actual documents such as letters or other supporting records are apparently non existent so it is inappropriate to stretch the known facts to fit such current memes. Such se... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

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