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Course unit
SCM0014391, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1158, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF PHYSICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIULIO PERUZZI FIS/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/08 Didactics and History of Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 Storia della Fisica 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PERUZZI GIULIO (Presidente)
SORAMEL FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)
8 Storia della Fisica 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PERUZZI GIULIO (Presidente)
SORAMEL FRANCESCA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at introducing the students to the main topics of the history of science focusing on the period from the 18th to the 20th century. One of the main features of the course is the emphasis put on the nature of reasoning, concept formation, discovery and theory testing in science. Special attention is devoted to the developments of physics, analysed in parallel with the developments of other branches of science.
Examination methods: Written paper on one of the main topics discussed in the course. A list of possible topics will be made available to the students.
Assessment criteria: The main evaluation criteria are the attendance at the lectures, the participation to the discussions, bibliographic search ability.
Course unit contents: After a general introduction, the course is divided into four sections. The first section deals with the Scientific Revolution and the birth, one after the other, of the different branches of modern science (physics, chemistry, geology, biology, etc.). The second section treats the main developments of science in 19th century, focusing on the role of the cross-fertilization of sciences. The main topics of the third section are: the history of relativity principles (from Galileo to Einstein) and the parallel changes in the notions of space and time. The last section is devoted to quantum theory, from the old quantum theory to quantum mechanics, and its applications in other branches of science, in particular chemistry and biology.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and seminars, and possibly, according to the number of students, visits to the Museums of the University of Padua.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides of the lectures and bibliographic materials will be made available on the moodle platform of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Paolo Rossi (a cura di), Storia della Scienza Moderna e Contemporanea. Torino: UTET, 1988. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tullio Regge, Giulio Peruzzi, Spazio, tempo e universo. Passato, presente e futuro della teoria della relativit√†. Torino: Bollati Boringhieri, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giulio Peruzzi (a cura di), Scienza e realt√†. Riduzionismo e antiriduzionismo nelle scienze del Novecento. Milano: Bruno Mondadori, 2000. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giulio Peruzzi, Vortici e colori. Alle origini dell'opera di James Clerk Maxwell. Bari: Dedalo, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Giulio Peruzzi, Niels Bohr. Dall'alba della fisica atomica alla big science. Milano: Le Scienze - collana "i grandi della scienza", 2001. Cerca nel catalogo

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