Physics Program Presents
Friday, October 30, 2020
Training Physicists for Industry:
Skills versus Foundations in Postwar Physics Pedagogy
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Joe Martin, Durham UniversityThis talk examines a series of historical episodes in the perennial debate about the goals of physics pedagogy. To what extent should physics students at the undergraduate and graduate levels be provided with strong conceptual foundations in the field, and to what extent should they be trained to develop those skills that contemporary industries find useful? I address this debate particularly as it relates to the emergence and development of solid state physics in the years and decades after World War II. Through this example, we gain insight into the institutional development of American physics in one of its most critical phases, into the deep historical roots of evergreen pedagogical challenges, and into the critical role of solid state physics in shaping the postwar identity of American physics as a whole.
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Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Location: Online Event