FHP Essay Contest

Report on 2018

Flavio Del Santo, a doctoral student at the University of Vienna, has won the 2018 Essay contest sponsored by the Forum for the History of Physics (FHP) for his essay entitled "Striving for Realism, not for Determinism: Historical Misconceptions on Einstein and Bohm." His doctoral research is conducted at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is also associated with the Basic Research Community for Physics. Del Santo’s essay was highly praised by the competition judges and it will be published in APS News. The judges (who are the members of the FHP’s Executive Committee) selected two finalists from 11 entries in the competition and the runner-up was Grigoris Panoutsopoulos of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, whose essay entitled “Maintaining the Balance between Unity and Disunity in the era of Big Science: The case of the `Sister Experiments’ UA1 and UA2 at CERN” was also very well regarded by the judges. He is a doctoral student in the History and Philosophy of Science.

This is the second year in which the FHP’s essay contest has been held. Its goal is "to promote interest in the history of physics among those not, or not yet, professionally engaged in the subject. Entries can address the work of individual physicists, teams of physicists, physics discoveries, or other appropriate topics." The competition provides a stipend of $1000 for the winner, with $500 going to the runner-up. The contest is aimed primarily at undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in the history of physics, but is open to anyone who has not (yet) received a PhD in either history or physics.

Flavio Del Santo

Flavio Del Santo

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