Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, December 2019-November 2022
Research & Teaching
I'm a historian of science with a background in physics and philosophy. My research focuses on the genesis of relativity and quantum theory in the late-19th and early-20th century. I teach a survey of the history of science from the 18th through the 20th century, which meets two liberal education requirements (historical and international perspectives), a writing-intensive class aimed at physics majors on the history of 20th-century physics, honors seminars on various topics (e.g., Einstein, entanglement), and I regularly give guest lectures on historical topics in various physics classes.
Publications & Awards
Anthony Duncan and Michel Janssen, Constructing Quantum Mechanics. Vol. 1. The Scaffold, 1900–1923, Oxford University Press, 2019
Michel Janssen, Arches and Scaffolds: Bridging Continuity and Discontinuity in Theory Change, Pp. 95–199 in: Alan C. Love and William C. Wimsatt (eds.), Beyond the Meme. Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution. University of Minnesota Press, 2019
Michel Janssen and Christoph Lehner, The Cambridge Companion to Einstein, Cambridge University Press, 2014