Crease on Peirce in Physics Today January 28, 2010Posted by Will Thomas in Uncategorized.
Tags: Albert Michelson, Charles Sanders Peirce, Richard Staley, Robert Crease, William Thomson
I’d meant to link to this earlier, but something was going on with the Physics Today website, and supposedly free content was getting hidden behind a paywall, but this is now resolved. In the December issue, workhorse historian of physics Robert Crease had an article on Charles Sanders Peirce’s involvement in 19th-century metrology. Peirce (pronounced “purse”) is best-known today for his involvement with American pragmatist philosophy. However, like William Thomson, and in association with Albert Michelson (as recently discussed at length by Richard Staley), Peirce was also a key figure in the development of precision instrumentation and experimentation. The article is very timely to recent posts here, and upcoming posts as well, so do have a look if you’re at all interested.