Physics and the Great War

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This event will be a one-day conference on the 13th June 2015 at St Cross College, Oxford on physics and its development during the First World War.

Arguably the First World War saw the greatest advent of new science and technology and the role of science in warfare than any conflict hitherto. On land the innovations of barbed wire, machine guns and eventually, tanks changed the nature of land battles. At sea, radio communications changed operation of surface fleets and the introduction of submarine warfare changed the nature of war at sea. This war saw also the advent of aerial warfare which was to change the nature of all future wars. This conference seeks to review the key ways in which physics and its mathematics changed the nature of conflict from various points of views: technical, historical and sociological.

Registration and attendance at the conference are FREE.

Details of the conference and how to register are at


Humanities & Science

Contact name: Joanna Ashbourn

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Website: Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics

Audience: Open to all