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Niels Bohr Archive: Seminars

Since its inception in 1995, the Niels Bohr Archive's History of Science Seminar has been able to present some of the foremost historians of science from all over the world talking on their favourite research topics. The seminar, which is usually held in English and is directed towards a generally educated audience, seeks to avoid unnecessary jargon of specialisation. This page contains a list of past and planned seminars as of 1999, with links to the original abstracts. Where possible, the abstract leads further to the author's manuscript of the lecture itself. In future we will encourage lecturers to provide such manuscripts to be entered on the NBA's web site. In special cases, such as the November 1999 seminar based on Michael Frayn's play "Copenhagen", a complete transcription of the event has been made available.

Because the seminars are generally planned shortly before they are held, there is no future programme for the series. However, we will seek to announce any future event as soon as the necessary arrangements have been made. If you want to be reminded by e-mail (or, if that is impractical, by regular mail) about coming events a week before they take place, please apply to nba @ or tel: +45 353 25219 or fax: +45 353 25428.

Seminars held in 2015

Monday 14 December 2015, at 14.15

40th Anniversary of Aage Bohr and Ben Mottelson's
Nobel Prize in physics

Monday 16 November 2015, at 14.15
Christian Joas
From "Quiet Corner" to "Major Crossroad:"
Quantum Many-Body Physics in the 1950s

Monday 21 September 2015, at 14.15
Filip Grygar
Bohr's framework of complementarity in the light of
Husserl's and Heidegger's phenomenology

Wednesday 17 June 2015, at 14.15
Kristian Camilleri
Knowing What Would Happen: Epistemic Strategies in Galileo's Thought Experiments

Monday 8 June 2015, 9:00 to 12:45
Carlsberg Academy
Niels Bohr Archive open seminar,

Thursday 4 June 2015, at 10.15
Graham Farmelo
Churchill, his nuclear physicists and the Bomb

Monday 1 June 2015, 9:00 to 10.30
Rikke May Kristthorsson
Ny bog om Niels Bohr

Wednesday 22 April 2015, at 15.15
Helge Kragh
Niels Bohr Lecture,

Friday 17 April 2015, 13:30 to 15:30
Niels Bohr Donation Ceremony

Tues 16, Wed 18 and Thur 19 February 2015, at 14.15
Store Danske Videnskabsfolk

Thursday 12 February 2015, at 14.15
Jðrgen L. Pind
Rubin's vase and early psychology in Denmark

Wednesday 14 January 2015, at 14.15
José Ignacio Latorre will present and show
"That's the story":
Prof. Roy Glauber remembers the making of the atomic bomb

Seminars 2014

Tuesday 16 December 2014, at 14.15
Roberto Angeloni
The holistic aspect of the phenomenon of entanglement

Monday 8 December 2014, at 11.15
H. Otto Sibum
Inventing the 'Science of Invention' :
Machines, Models and the Perfection of Civilisations
- a late 19th Century German Perspective.

Wednesday 4 June 2014, at 14.15
Matthias Dörries
What time horizon for what kind of politics?
Climate science and deep time events in geophysics

Monday 12 May 2014, at 14.15
Thiago Hartz
The many uses of Niels Bohr's ideas
on quantum field measurement (1930-1970)

Monday 7 April 2014, at 14.15
Mads Peter Macholm
The Mechanical Empiricist:
Ole Rømer (1644-1710) in the Scientific Revolution

Wednesday 5 February 2014, at 14.15
Jens Tommerup
From pouffe to Nobel Prize
or how Gammelholm School influenced Niels Bohr

Seminars: 2013

Saturday 7 to Thursday 19 December

NBA History of Science Conference 2013
   Programme, abstracts and other information here

Seminars: 1999 - 2012

Niels Bohr Archive e-mail: nba at
Last updated: 2014