August 30, 2021 to September 3, 2021
University of Innsbruck
Europe/Zurich timezone

【9】Science and its Publics: the Case of Physics

Sep 2, 2021, 9:40 AM
Room A

Room A


Prof. Martina Merz (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt)


Throughout the centuries, the relation between science and its publics has undergone significant transformations. The talk will trace some of these transformations for the case of physics. It begins with 17th century England and the importance of gentlemen for the conduct of experiments. The 19th century, by contrast, witnesses scientific institutions develop a clear separation from the lay public. With physics laboratories devising outreach programs and scientific controversies receiving wide public attention, the current situation is open to interpretation. Will physics increasingly open up to public participation? And how do the media and public respond?

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Prof. Martina Merz (Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt)

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