Friday, April 21, 2006

Harvard Physics Building an historical site

In a note unrelated to AMO physics, our bullding, Jefferson Lab, was officially declared an historic physics site today by the APS. Among other experiments performed there was the famous experiment by Pound, Rebka, and Snyder to measure the gravitational redshift.

It is quite fun to have an office in a building where so much history has happened!

Cabot Library has been holding a book sale during which they have been selling many very old physics books, including books by Mott, Bragg and Bragg, etc. The sale included some large books of refractive indices and special functions. It is amazing how much technology (e.g. Mathematica, the web) has affected physics, and made so many things obsolete.

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