Sybil de Clark

Sybil de Clark   •   Syb de Clark
Research Scholar
World History, Big History, Cliodynamics, History and Philosophy of Science
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My research interests currently focus on World History, Big History and Cliodynamics.  

I have a multi-disciplinary background.  

My research in Theoretical Physics focused on the Scharnhorst Effect, which is of interest for Foundations of Physics: the “Scharnhorst Effect” consists in the theoretical prediction that light would travel faster in a Casimir vacuum than it does in normal vacuum. I re-derived it in soft-collinear effective theory (University of Arizona).

In History and Philosophy of Science, I studied the emergence of dimensional analysis in the 19th c, and compared Ptolemy’s astronomical models to those previously described by Theon of Smyrna (Paris Diderot University - Paris 7).

My research in Cultural History (more specifically: African History and History of Ideas) centered on how the Basotho received and interpreted the beliefs preached by missionaries from the French Société des Missions Evangéliques de Paris (SMEP) in the 19thc (University of South Africa). This was largely based on the earliest written sources we possess on the History of Lesotho. Prior to that I studied the evolution of the power structures in Basutoland in the 19th c (Paris Diderot University - Paris 7).


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History, History of Science, Physics
History of Ideas, History of Science, Philosophy of Science, Physics, Quantum Theory, Physics, and Chemistry