Parsing Science - Playing with Science History

Almost lost to history, these toys quite literally put quantum mechanics at one’s fingertips. In episode 35, <a href="https://www.flsh.ulaval.ca/notre-faculte/repertoire-du-personnel/jean-francois-gauvin" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Jean-François Gauvin</a> from <a href="https://www.ulaval.ca/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Université Laval</a> in Canada, discusses how he came to understand the purpose and value of unique toy blocks that ended up on his desk at Harvard University in 2014 as the director of the <a href="https://chsi.harvard.edu/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI)</a>. His article “<a href="https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00016-018-0213-3" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Playing with Quantum Toys: Julian Schwinger’s Measurement Algebra and the Material Culture of Quantum Mechanics Pedagogy at Harvard in the 1960s</a>” was published in March 2018 in <em><a href="https://link.springer.com/journal/16" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Physics in Perspective</a></em>.<div><br></div><div>https://www.parsingscience.org/2018/10/30/jean-francois-gauvin/<br></div>