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Examples of Politics and Physicists

  1. Mar 9, 2013 #1
    (Note: This is probably the wrong place for this, but I wasn't sure where to post this)

    What are some examples of when politics and physics research coincided or had strong direct impacts on each other?

    For example:
    Napoleon and Laplace/Poisson
    Catholic church and Galileo
    WW2 and the Manhattan Project

    I'm just curious for some more examples.

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  3. Mar 9, 2013 #2
    Physics research for nuclear weapons continued to be a political controversy for decades after WW2. And there is the Space Race.
  4. Mar 9, 2013 #3
    WW2 Allied mathmeticians like Turing worked on decoding the German Enigma machine.
  5. Mar 27, 2013 #4
    Ancient History, Roman & Medievals:
    Chariots, Greek fire, quicklime, missile/siege equipment like catapults, ballistas, trebuchets, mangonels. (I've played a lot of Rome & Medieval Total War :biggrin:).
  6. Apr 9, 2013 #5
    Albert Einstein did a fair amount of fund raising for Israel.
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