Curriculum Vitae of Andre Koch Torres Assis.
Born: August 11, 1962, Juiz de Fora (Brazil).
- Bachelor's Degree in Physics (State University of Campinas, Brazil, 1983).
- Doctor's Degree (Ph.D.) in Physics (State University of Campinas, Brazil, 1987). PhD thesis: Dispersion relations in a bounded, magnetized and warm plasma. Thesis supervisor: Dr. P. H. Sakanaka.
- Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany. From April 2014 to June 2014. Humboldt Research Fellowship given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from Germany. Project: "Exploring the Effective Inertial Mass of Particles."
- University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. From February 2009 to May 2009. Humboldt Research Fellowship given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from Germany. Project: "Weber’s Planetary Model of the Atom."
- University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. From August 2001 to November 2002. Humboldt Research Fellowship given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, from Germany. Project: "Weber's Law Applied to Electromagnetism and Gravitation."
- Visiting Scholar at the Center for Electromagnetics Research, Northeastern University, Boston, USA. From October 1991 to September 1992. Fellowship given by FAPESP.
- Culham Laboratory, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Oxfordshire, England. From February 1988 to January 1989. Fellowship given by CNPq.
Employment: From May 1989 to the present: Professor at the Department of Cosmic Rays and Chronology, Institute of Physics of the University of Campinas, Brazil. Permanent address: Institute of Physics, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Rua Sergio Buarque de Holanda 777, 13083-859 Campinas - SP, Brazil.
Telephone: (+55) (19) 35215515
List of published books, most of them in PDF format: http://www.ifi.unicamp.br/~assis/books.htm.
List of published papers, in PDF format: http://www.ifi.unicamp.br/~assis/papers.htm.
Major research interests:
- Relational mechanics, Mach's principle and the origin of inertia, absorption of gravity.
- Weber's electrodynamics, Ampère's force between current elements, electric field outside stationary resistive wires carrying steady currents, propagation of electromagnetic signals.
- Cosmology, Hubble's law of redshifts, cosmic background radiation, tired light, infinite universe in space and time.
- History and philosophy of science, physics experiments with simple materials.
Countries visited to deliver lectures: India, Spain, England, Russia, France, Argentina, Colombia, Italy, Greece, Chile, Poland, Canada, Germany, USA.
Teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels:
- Basic Physics (Halliday and Resnick, Sears, Tipler).
- Mathematical Physics (Arfken, Butkov).
- Classical Mechanics (Symon, Feynman, Goldstein).
- Classical Electromagnetism (Reitz/Milford/Christy, Griffiths, Jackson).
- Cosmology (Hubble, Sciama).
- Relational Mechanics and Mach's Principle (Mach, Barbour, Assis).
- Weber's Electrodynamics and Ampere's force between current elements (Weber, Maxwell, Graneau, Assis).
Courses of Weber's Electrodynamics and Ampère's Force between Current Elements, Relational Mechanics and Mach's Principle, Cosmology and History of Science taught at undergraduate and graduate levels at:
- Abroad: Universidad Nacional del Comahue (Neuquen, Argentina); Universidad de Tarapaca (Arica, Chile).
- In Brazil: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP, Campinas), Universidade de São Paulo (USP, São Paulo), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE, São José dos Campos), Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF, Juiz de Fora), Escola Técnica de Eletrônica Francisco Moreira da Costa (ETE, Santa Rita do Sapucaí), Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA, Salvador), Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM, Maringá), Universidade de Brasília (UnB, Brasília).
Students and post-doctoral collaborators:
- Post-Doctoral collaborators: João Paulo M. d. C. Chaib (Ampère's electrodynamics, from June 2009 to May 2010), Antônio Jamil Mania (Surface charges in current carrying electrical circuits and longitudinal forces, from March 1997 to Feb. 1998), Marcelo de A. Bueno (Wire explosions and longitudinal forces in electrical circuits, from Aug. 1995 to Jan. 1996).
- PhD students: Sergio Luiz Bragatto Boss (Thesis in pdf format with 35 Mb: Commented Portuguese Translation of the Papers by Stephen Gray (1666-1736) and Reproduction of Historical Experiments with Simple Materials, thesis approved in December 2011 at the Sciences Faculty of Unesp, Bauru campus, with the co-supervision of Prof. J. J. Caluzi); João Paulo Martins de Castro Chaib (Thesis in PDF format with 10 Mb: Analysis of the meaning and evolution of Ampère’s force concept, together with a commented Portuguese translation of his main work on electrodynamics; thesis approved in Jan. 2009); Júlio Akashi Hernandes (Potentials and electric fields inside and outside resistive conductors carrying steady currents, thesis approved in Feb. 2005); João J. Caluzi (Schrödinger's potential energy and Weber's electrodynamics, thesis approved in Oct. 1995); Marcelo de A. Bueno (Calculation of Force and Inductance in Electrical Circuits, thesis approved in Aug. 1995).
- Master thesis students: Daniel dos Anjos Silva, Thesis in PDF format with 1 Mb: Controversy between Action at a Distance and Contact Action: Historical Approach with Implication in Teaching, thesis approved in June 2019; Emely Giron dos Santos, thesis in PDF format with 3 Mb: A Historical and Experimental Approach to Electricity in Elementary and High School, thesis approved in 18/05/2018 at the Department of Physics of the Institute of Exact Sciences of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora - UFJF; Ciro Lino Bellan, thesis in PDF format with 5 Mb: Educational kits for the teaching of electric circuits made with easily accessible and low cost materials, supervisor: Júlio Akashi Hernandes, co-supervisor: A. K. T. Assis, thesis approved in 13/02/2017 at the Department of Physics of the Institute of Exact Sciences of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora - UFJF; Ceno Pietro Magnaghi, Thesis in PDF format with 2 Mb: Analysis and Commented Portuguese Translation of Archimedes’s Work “The Method of Mechanical Theorems”, thesis approved in April 2011; Júlio Akashi Hernandes, Surface charges and propagation of electromagnetic signals in conductors, thesis approved in Feb. 2001; Dario S. Thober, thesis in pdf format: Weber's law and the induction of currents, thesis approved in Sept. 1993; João J. Caluzi, thesis in pdf format: The motion of charges in capacitors and the limit velocity according to Weber's law, thesis approved in Aug. 1991.
- Undergraduate research students: Alexandre Gomes Pinto (Interaction of charges through Weber's electrodynamics, 1/1/2012 to 31/12/2012; The electromagnetic braking of a magneti falling in a conducting tube, second semester of 2012), Valter Aparecido Silva Júnior (Fabrication and application of electrets, second semester of 2010; History and properties of electrets, second semester of 2010); Vicente Lima Ventura Seco (Studies about the work "The Method" of Archimedes throught the construction of balances and levers, first semester of 2010); Fabio Miguel de Matos Ravanelli (Ampère's experiments with low cost materials, from August 2007 to July 2008; Writing a text on Ampère's experiments built with low cost materials, agosto de 2008 a julho de 2009); Cesar José Calderon Filho (Experimental and theoretical study of friction, from August 2007 to July 2008); Gilberto Pessato Junior (Galileo's experiment of the inclined plane, first semester of 2008); Ana Elitha dos Santos Amaral (Volta's electrophorus, first semester of 2008); Nivaldo Benedito Ferreira Campos (Commented Portuguese translation of the second part of Archimedes's work "On Floating Bodies", second semestre of 2007); Erica Formighieri (Experiments on friction, first semestre of 2007); Juliano Camillo (Electrostatic generators: Otto von Guericke's sulphur globe and Kelvin's water dropper, second semester of 2006); Ceno Pietro Magnaghi (Origin of the electric current - The invention of the electric pile, second semester of 2006); Douglas Soares da Silva (Archimedes's principle on the buoyancy - A qualitative and quantitative demonstration, first semester of 2006); Geraldo Magela Severino Vasconcelos (Low cost electrostatic experiments for high school, second semester of 2005); Ivan Mingireanov Filho (Improvement and Digitalization of the Experiments with the Rotation Apparatus, first semester of 2005, Video on Newton and Circular Motion); Alexandre Rodrigues (Experiments utilizing the rotation apparatus, first semester of 2005); Luís Gustavo Vitti (Rotation Apparatus, 2004); Wilson Bagni Junior (Method of image charges - Portuguese translation of a text by James Clerk Maxwell, second semester of 2003); Luciano Romenius Ferreira Guimarães ("Exception to the flux rule" - Commented Portuguese translation of a work by Michael Faraday on unipolar induction, first semester of 2003); Alexander Montero Cunha (On action at a distance - Portuguese translation of a text by James Clerk Maxwell, first semester of 2003); João E. Lamesa; Hugo B. de Carvalho (Unipolar induction, September 1999 to July 2000); Daniel Gardelli (Surface charges and electric fields in circuits carrying steady currents, September 1995 to February 1996); Júlio A. Hernandes; Fábio M. Peixoto (Weber's electrodynamics and the electric dipoles, from March 1990 to October 1992); Dario S. Thober (Weber's law and its application to electromagnetism and gravitation, from October 1989 to February 1992); Marcelo de A. Bueno (Weber's law and its applications to electromagnetism, from February 1990 to July 1991).
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