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History and Philosophy of Science

Guide to resources for the history and philosophy of science, especially rare books in the FSU Special Collections & Archives

Primary Sources

Finding Aids at FSU

Finding aids are tools that help a user find information in a specific record group, collection, or series of archival materials. Examples of finding aids include published and unpublished inventories, container and folder lists, card catalogs, calendars, indexes, registers, and institutional guides. The finding aids below connect to archival documents in FSU's collection. 

Paul A. M. Dirac Papers (MSS 1989-009): This collection contains the papers of Paul A. M. Dirac (1902-1984), a theoretical physicist considered to be one of the founders of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. It consists of correspondence, manuscripts of scientific papers and lectures, manuscript calculations, books, photographs, sound recordings, etc. 

Paul Dirac Photographs (MSS 2021-003): photographs depicting Paul Dirac, including images with family, friends, and colleagues. 

External Resources

  • Starry Messenger: This is an online resource for the history of astronomy developed by The Whipple Museum of the History of Science and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University. It focuses on the history of astronomy, its instruments, and uses. 
  • History of Astronomy Online Resources: A compilation of resources, books, articles, and journals pertaining to astronomy maintained by the American Astronomical Society
  • Epact: a valuable tool for understanding historical scientific instruments and their uses
  • Newton Papers: A digital collection of the papers of Isaac Newton, an English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician
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