AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXIX, No. 2, Fall 1997

A supplement to the Newsletter of

The Center for History of Physics/Niels Bohr Library

Compiled by Stephen G. Brush, University of Maryland and the staff of the Niels Bohr Library


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Leplin, Jarrett (ed.) The creation of ideas in physics: Studies for a methodology of theory construction. vii + 251 pp., notes, index. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1995. ISBN 0-7923-3461-2 (hc) $118.

Papers on Einstein, A. by J. Dorling, J. D. Norton, J. Stachel, R. Torretti; on I. Newton by W. Harper & G. E. Smith; on methods and ideas in science by D. Shapere; on quantum theories by A. Cordero.

Mayo, Deborah. Error and the growth of experimental knowledge. xvi + 493 pp., fns., bibl., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN 0-226-51197-9 (hc) $82.25. ISBN 0-226-51198-7 (pb) $33.50.

Case histories include the 1919 eclipse test of A. Einstein's general relativity by A. S. Eddington; Brownian movement.

McAllister, James W. Beauty and revolution in science. xi + 231 pp., fns., refs., index. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8014-3240-5 (hc) $29.95.


Fara, Patricia. Sympathetic Attractions: Magnetic Practices, Beliefs, and Symbolism in Eighteenth-Century England. xiii + 326 pp., notes, bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-691-01099-4 (hc) $45.

Edmond Halley, Gowin Knight, Isaac Newton.

Gorelik, Gennadii E. "Meine antisowjetische Tätigkeit ...": Russische Physiker unter Stalin. Translated from Russian into German by Helmut Rotter. xvi + 299 pp., illus., notes. Braunschweig: Vieweg, 1995. ISBN 3-528-06584-2 (hc) $48.59.

Harwit, Martin. An exhibit denied: Lobbying the history of Enola Gay. xxv + 477 pp., notes, index. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996. ISBN 0-387-94797-3 (hc) $27.50. ISBN 0-387-94777-4 (pb) n.p.

On the controversy at the National Air and Space Museum that led to cancellation of the exhibit and to Harwit's resignation as director in 1995.

Miller, H. Lyman. Science and dissent in post-Mao China. The politics of knowledge. xii + 370 pp., notes, bibl., index. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. ISBN 0-295-97505-9 (hc) $38. ISBN 0-295-97532-6 (pb) $18.95.

Includes debate between Fang Lizhi and others on whether universe is infinite; also discusses He Zuoxiu, Wu Guosheng, Xu Liangying.


Broad, William J. The Universe Below -Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea. 432 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997. ISBN 0-684-8-11084 (hc) $26.55.

John R. Delaney, Robert J. Grieve, Bruce H. Robison.

Hubbard, Barbara Burke. The world according to wavelets: The story of a mathematical technique in the making. xix + 264 pp., refs., index. Wellesley, MA: A. K. Peters, 1996. ISBN 1-56881-0474 (hc) $34.20.

Kevles, Bettyann Holtzmann. Naked to the bone: Medical imaging in the twentieth century. xiv + 378 pp., illus., notes, bibl., timeline, index. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8135-2358-3 (hc) $35.95.

Preston, Richard. First light: The search for the edge of the universe. Rev. ed. xvii + 275 pp., glossary. New York: Random House, 1996. ISBN 0679449698 (hc) $21.15.


Hentschel, Klaus (ed.); Hentschel, Ann M. (ed. asst. & translator). Physics and National Socialism. An anthology of primary sources. ci + 406 + CIV pp., apps., fns., refs, index. Boston" Birkhäuser, 1996. ISBN 3-7643-5312-0 (hc) $139.50.

Collection of 121 documents, mostly written by physicists in the period 1933-1945, with annotation.

Josephson, Paul R. Totalitarian science and technology. ix + 123 pp., bibl., index. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996. ISBN 0-391-03979-2 (hc) $39.95. ISBN 0-391-03980-6 (pb) $12.50.

Physics, technology, and biology in the USSR and Nazi Germany.

Kleinman, Daniel Lee. Politics on the endless frontier: Postwar research policy in the United States. xii + 248 pp., notes, bibl., index. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8223-1583-1 (hc) $39.95. ISBN 0-8223-1598-X (pb) $16.95.

On the debates in the 1940s that led to establishment of the National Science Foundation; role of Vannevar Bush and several politicians.

Krementsov, Nikolai. Stalinist science. xvii + 372 pp., glossary of Stalinist scientific "Newspeak," biog. app., notes, index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-691-02877-X (hc) $45.



Cochran, Thomas B.; Norris, Robert S.; Bukharin, Oleg A. Making the Russian bomb: From Stalin to Yeltsin. xvi + 318 pp., notes, index. Boulder: Westview Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8133-2328-2 (hc) n.p.

Y. B. Khariton, I. V. Kurchatov.

Forman, Paul; Sanchez-Ron, J. M. (eds.) National Military Establishments and the Advancement of Science and Technology, Studies in 20th-Century History. (Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, 180) xiv + 340 pp., notes, index. Norwell, MA: Kluwer, 1996. ISBN 0-7923-3541-4 (hc) $164.

Articles on Arnold Sommerfeld's students by M. Eckert, nuclear energy in Spain by J. Ordoñez & J. M. Sanchez-Ron; the maser by Paul Forman; other articles by D. H. DeVorkin, D. E. H. Edgerton, B. Hevly, H. Kragh, H. Mehrtens, L. Pyenson, E.L. Ortiz.

Gusterson, Hugh. Nuclear rites. A weapons laboratory at the end of the Cold War. xviii + 351 pp., notes, bibl., index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. ISBN 0-520-08147-1 (hc) $39.95.

On Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s.

Hogan, Michael J. (ed.) Hiroshima in history and memory. xiv + 238 pp., illus., fns., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-56266-6 (hc) $54.95. ISBN 0-521-56682-7 (pb) $17.95.

Articles on the atomic bomb by B. J. Bernstein, J. W. Dower, M. J. Hogan, S. Tachibana, J. S. Walker.

Schull, William J. Effects of atomic radiation: A half-century of studies from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. xiii + 397 pp., bibl., index. New York: Wiley-Liss, 1995. ISBN 0-471-12524-5 (hc) $45.



Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. A Social History of American Technology. x + 342 pp., notes, bibls., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-19-504606-4 (hc) $45. ISBN 0-19-504605-6 (pb) $18.95

Jacob, Margaret C. Scientific culture and the making of the industrial West. xi + 269 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-508219-2 (hc) $45. ISBN 0-19-508220-6 (pb) $18.95.

R. Boyle, N. Copernicus, R. Descartes, G. Galilei, I. Newton, J. Watt.


Baigrie, Brian S. (ed.) Picturing knowledge: Historical and philosophical problems concerning the use of art in science. xxiv + 389 pp., illus., bibl., index. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8020-2985-x (hc) $80. ISBN 0-8020-7439-1 (pb) $24.95.

Includes examples from the physical sciences in articles by Martin Kemp, Brian S. Baigrie, David Knight, James Robert Brown and Ronald N. Giere.

[See also Miller under SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH; Perkowitz under HISTORY OF PHYSICS]


Ash, Mitchell G.; Söllner, Alfons (eds.) Forced migration and scientific change: Emigre German-speaking scientists and scholars after 1933. xviii + 301 pp., fns., index. New York: Cambridge University Press for the German Historical Institute (Washington, DC), 1996. ISBN 0-521-4974-8 (hc) $59.95.

Skuli Sigurdsson on Max Born, Erwin Schrödinger and Hermann Weyl; Alan D. Beyerchen on James Franck.


Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments. The Human Radiation Experiments. Final Report. xxxii + 620 pp., notes, index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-510792-6 (hc) $39.95.

The Committee was chaired by Ruth R. Faden.

Barnes, Barry; Bloor, David; Henry, John. Scientific knowledge: A sociological analysis. xiii + 230 pp., notes, bibl., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN 0-226-03730-4 (hc) $38.00. ISBN 0-226-03721-2 (pb) $15.95.

Includes R. A. Millikan's attempts to measure the electronic charge, based on G. Holton's examination of his notebooks; controversy between R. Boyle and T. Hobbes as presented by S. Shapin and S. Schaffer.

Miller, Arthur I. Insights of genius: Imagery and creativity in science and art. xxii + 482 pp., illus., bibl., index. New York: Copernicus/Springer, 1996. ISBN 0-387-94671-3 (hc) $27.00

N. Bohr, A. Einstein, W. Heisenberg, T. S. Kuhn, H. Poincaré.

[See also Pickering under HISTORY OF PHYSICS]

[back to top] PUBLICATIONS

Jacob, Maurice. In the wings of physics. xviii + 141 pp. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-02-2178-9 (hc) $28.

The author refects on his experiences as editor of Physics Letters B and Physics Reports, and as President of the European Physical Society.

[back to top] INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE (Universities, Observatories, Government agencies and projects, etc.)

Goddard, D. E.; Milne, D. K. (eds.) Parkes: Thirty Years of Radio Astronomy. ix + 162 pp., illus., refs., index. Melbourne, Australia: CSIRO, 1994. ISBN 0-643-05547-9 (hc) $50.

John Bolton, Frank Gardner, Harry Minnett, Venkataraman Radhakrishnan, Brian Robinson, Mal Sinclair.

Greenaway, Frank. Science international: A history of the International Council of Scientific Unions. xii + 279 pp., notes, index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-58015-3 (hc) $49.95.

Lowen, Rebecca S. Creating the Cold War university: The transformation of Stanford. xii + 316 pp., notes, bibl., index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. ISBN 0-520-20541-5 (hc) $45.

Osterbrock, Donald E. Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950. The birth, near death, and resurrection of a scientific research institution. x + 384 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0-226-63945-2 (hc) $40.

W. S. Adams, E. E. Barnard, S. Chandrasekhar, E. B. Frost, G. E. Hale, G. P. Kuiper, W. W. Morgan, J. Stebbins, B. Strömgren, O. Struve, P. Swings, G. Van Biesbroeck.

Parthey, Heinrich. Bibliometrische Profile von Instituten der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (1923-1943). (Veröffentlichungen aus dem Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Band 7) 218 pp., indexes. Berlin: Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 1995. ISBN 3-927579-07-6 (pb) n.p. ISSN 0935-7459.

[See also Malphrus and Mather & Boslough under HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY]

[back to top] HISTORY OF SCIENCE

Buchwald, Jed. Scientific Credibility and Technical Standards in 19th and early 20th Century Germany and Britain. (Archimedes, New Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Volume 1996) ix + 182 pp., notes, refs, indexes. Boston: Kluwer, 1996. ISBN 0-7923-4241-0 (hc) $114. ISSN 1385-0180.

Articles on Joseph Fraunhofer's optical glass by Myles W. Jackson; on Ernst Abbe, Carl Zeiss and microscopical optics by Stuart M. Feffer; on the Zeisswerke and the ultramicroscope by David Cahan; on resistance standards by Kathryn Olesko; on John Ambrose Fleming, Guglielmo Marconi and the Maskelyne affair by Sungook Hong.

Duhem, Pierre. Essays in the History and Philosophy of Science. Translated and Edited, with an Introduction, by Roger Ariew & Peter Barker. xx + 290 pp., fns., index. Indianapolis: Hackett, 1996. ISBN 0-87220-309-3 (hc) $39.95. ISBN 0-87220-308-5 (pb) $19.95.

Includes "History of Physics" (1911), pp. 163-221, and several articles on philosophy of physics, some of which formed the basis for his La Théorie Physique, son Objet et sa Structure (1906).

Fan Dainian; Cohen, Robert S. (eds.) Chinese Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Translated by Kathleen Dugan and Jiang Mingshan. (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 179) xiii + 471 pp., notes, indexes. Boston: Kluwer, 1996. ISBN 0-7923-3463-9 (hc) $250.

Articles on the philosophy of time by Luo Jiachang; on the Chinese Physical Society by Dai Nianzu; on the mathematician/astronomer Li Shanlan (1811-1882) by Wang Yusheng; articles on the relations with China of Niels Bohr, Robert A. Millikan, and Norbert Wiener.

Nye, Mary Jo. Before big science: The pursuit of modern chemistry and physics, 1800-1940. xviii + 283 pp., notes, chronology, bibl., index. New York: Twayne/Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1996.

Olby, R. C.; Cantor, G. N.; Christie, J. R. R.; Hodge, M. J. S. (eds.) Companion to the history of modern science. xxvi + 1081 pp., notes, bibl., indexes. New York: Routledge, 1996. ISBN 0-415-01988-5 (hc) $125. ISBN 0-415-14578-3 (pb) $49.95. (Reprint of the 1989 edition)

Shapin, Steven. The scientific revolution. xiv + 218 pp., bibl. essay, index, illus. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. ISBN 0-226-75020-5 (hc) $19.95.

Zwilling, Robert (ed.) Natural sciences and human thought. xii + 228 pp., refs., index. Berlin & New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995. ISBN 0-387-57518-9 (hc) $86.95.

"The emergence of theoretical physics in the second half of the 190th century" by F. Bevilacqua, 13-36; other articles on history and philosophy of modern physics.

[back to top] HISTORY OF PHYSICS

Brown, Laurie M.; Rechenberg, Helmut. The Origin of the Concept of Nuclear Forces. xii + 392 pp., notes, bibl., index. Bristol & Philadelphia: Institute of Physics Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0-7503-0373-5 (hc) $79.50.

C. D. Anderson, H. A. Bethe, H. J . Bhabha, P. M. S. Blackett, N. Bohr, P. A. M. Dirac, E. Fermi, W. Heisenberg, N. Kemmer, J. R. Oppenheimer, W. Pauli, S. Sakata, E. C. G. Stueckelberg, S.-I. Tomonaga, G. Wentzel, H. Yukawa.

French, A. P.; Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr. (eds.) Physics History from AAPT Journals II. 242 pp., list of history articles in AAPT Journals. College Park, MD: American Association of Physics Teachers, 1995. ISBN 0-917853-58-X (pb) $15.

Garola, Claudio; Rossi, Arcangelo (eds.) The foundations of quantum mechanics: Historical analysis and open questions. xix + 447 pp., notes.

Articles on Ludwig Boltzmann, Max Planck and the birth of quantum physics (including T. S. Kuhn's interpretation) by P. Campogalliani and P. Cerreta; on Einstein & general relativity by S. D'Agostino; on Fermi-Dirac statistics by N. Guicciardini and G. Introzzi; on the loss of individuality in quantum physics by A. Rossi.

Graneau, Peter; Graneau, Neal. Newtonian electrodynamics. xi + 288 pp., illus., refs., index. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-02-2284-X (hc) $58. ISBN 981-02-2681-0 (pb) $36.

Includes theories of A. M. Ampère, G. R. Kirchhoff, F. E. Neumann.

Hoffmann, Dieter; Bevilacqua, Fabio; Stuewer, Roger H. (eds.) The emergence of modern physics. Proceedings of a conference commemorating a century of physics, Berlin, 22-24 March 1995. 529 pp., notes. Pavia, Italy: Università degli Studi di Pavia, 1996. ISBN 88-7830-246-5 (pb) L 35,000.

Papers by S. Abiko, K.-H. Bernhardt, R. H. Beyler, S. D'Agostino, T. Bonk, M. G. Doncel, I. Falconer, P. Glatz, K. Grandin, K. Handel, W. Kaiser, T. Kaiserfeld, H. Kragh, N. Kipnis, H. Kubbinga, T. Leiber, C. Liu, H. Rechenberg, A. Rossi, G. Schiemann, G. Wolfschmidt. Scientists discussed include M. Curie, P. Debye, A. Einstein, R. Holm, W. J. Humphrey, H. Knobloch, M. Planck, C. W. Oseen, P. Zeeman. Papers on the 150th anniversary of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft by W. Hargert, H. Kant and R. Tobies.

Khalatnikov, Isaak M.; Mineev, Vladimir P. (eds.) 30 years of the [L. D.] Landau Institute: Selected papers. xix + 774 pp., refs. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-02-2253-X (hc) $104.

Kochelaev, B. I.; Yablokov, Y. V. The beginning of paramagnetic resonance. viii + 176 pp., illus., notes, index. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-022114-2 (hc) $48.

S. A. Al'tshuler, C. J. Gorter, B. M. Kozyrev, E. Zavoisky.

Leite Lopes, José; Escoubès, Bruno (eds.) Sources et évolution de la physique quantique: Textes fondateurs. xii + 316 pp., bibl., index. Paris: Masson, 1995. ISBN 2-225-84607-3 (pb) $54.

Includes French translations of articles by N. Bohr, P. A. M. Dirac, A. Einstein, R. P. Feynman, W. Heisenberg, F. London & E. Bauer, W. Pauli, E. Rutherford, E. Schrödinger, S. Weinberg.

Livingston, James D. Driving force: The natural magic of magnets. xiv + 311 pp., illus., refs., index. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-674-21644-X (hc) $24.95. ISBN 0-674-21645-8 (pb) $14.95.

Ne'eman, Yuval; Kirsh, Yoram. The particle hunters. 2nd ed. xvi + 298 pp., illus., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-47107-9 (hc) $69.96. ISBN 0-521-47686-0 (pb) $24.95.

Newman, Harvey; Ypsilantis, Thomas (eds.) History of original ideas and basic discoveries in particle physics. xxi + 1018 pp., refs., index. New York: Plenum Press, 1996. ISBN 0-306-45217-0 (hc) $175.50

Proceedings of an international conference, 1994. Papers by R. K. Adair, B. Aubert, U. Becker, F. Boehm, J. B. Branson, N. Byers (on E. Noether), B. Cabrera, C. W. Chu, R. H. Dalitz, P. Darriulat, A. De Rújula, S. Dimopoulos, P. Fayet, J. I. Friedman, H. Georgi, G. Goldhaber, D. Goodstein & J. Goodstein (on R. P. Feynman), D. J. Gross, G. 't Hooft, D. M. Kaplan, T. Kinoshita, K. Lane, T. D. Lee, D. V. Nanopoulos, M. L. Perl, O. Piccioni, F. Reines, B. Sadoulet, N. P. Samios, H. Schopper, J. H. Schwarz, J. Sequinot, S. C. C. Ting, A. V. Tollestrup, R. Turlay, G.-A. Voss, S. Weinberg, C.-S. Wu, C. N. Yang, T. Ypsilantis, A. Zichichi.

Nowotny, Helga; Felt, Ulrike. After the breakthrough: The emergence of high-temperature superconductivity as a research field. x + 210 pp., refs., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-56124-8 (hc) $49.95.

J. G. Bednorz, P. Chu, K. A. Müller.

Perkowitz, Sidney. Empire of light: A history of discovery in science and art. xi + 227 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Henry Holt, 1996. ISBN 0-8050-3211-8 (hc) $27.50.

Includes A. Einstein, I. Newton.

Pickering, Andrew. The mangle of practice: Time, agency, and science. xiv + 281 pp., fns., refs., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Case studies include "Building the bubble chamber" and "hunting the quark."

Weiss, Richard J. A brief history of light and those that lit the way. ix + 176 pp., bibl. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-02-2377-3 (hc) $46. ISBN 981-02-2378-1 (pb) $22.

Whitaker, Andrew. Einstein, Bohr, and the quantum dilemma. xvii + 349 pp., refs., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-48220-8 (hc) $69.95. ISBN 0-521-48428-6 (pb) $27.95.

J. S. Bell, N. Bohr, L. de Broglie, A. Einstein, W. Heisenberg, J. von Neumann, E. Schrödinger.

Yeh, Pochi; Gu, Claire (eds.) Landmark papers on photorefractive nonlinear optics. xii + 605 pp., illus., refs. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-02-1443-X (hc) $86.

The discovery of the photorefractive effect was reported by A. Ashkin, A. A. Ballman, G. D. Boyd, J. M. Dziedzic, J. J. Levinstein, K. Nassau and R. G. Smith at Bell Labs in 1966.

[See also Domb under Technical Monographs by Scientists]


Appenzeller, I. (ed.) Highlights of astronomy, vol. 10, as presented at the XIInd General Assembly, International Astronomical Union, 1994. xxi + 706 pp., refs., author index. Boston: Kluwer, 1995. ISBN 0-7923-3553-8 (hc) $310. ISBN 0-7923-3554-6 (pb) $119.

"History of Astronomy," including short papers on "75 years of the IAU," 113-142; "Women in Astronomy," pp. 93-112.

Baum, Richard; Sheehan, William. In search of planet Vulcan. The ghost in Newton's clockwork universe. xvi + 310 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. New York: Plenum Press, 1997. ISBN 0-306-45567-6 (hc) $28.85.

On U. J. J. Leverrier's proposed intramercurial planet.

B>Brush, Stephen G. Fruitful encounters: The origin of the Solar System and of the Moon from [Thomas Chrowder] Chamberlin to Apollo. xii + 354 pp., illus., fns., refs., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-55214-1 (hc) $54.95.

Also discusses the work of H. Alfvén, E. Anders, A. G. W. Cameron, G. H. Darwin, W. K. Hartmann, F. R. Moulton, A. E. Ringwood, V. S. Safronov, H. C. Urey.

Butrica, Andrew J. To see the unseen: A history of planetary radio astronomy. xiii + 301 pp., illus., fns., index. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, report SP-4218, 1996. $26.

D. B. Campbell, R. M. Goldstein, R. F. Jurgens, D. O. Muhleman, G. H. Pettengill.

Chown, M. Afterglow of creation: From the fireball to the discovery of cosmic ripples. xii + 222 pp., illus., index. Sausalito, CA: University Science Books, 1996. ISBN 0-935702-40-7 (hc) $28.50.

Robert Dicke, George Gamow, John Mather, Bruce Partridge, James Peebles, Peter Roll, George Smoot, David Wilkinson.

Diacu, Florin; Holmes, Philip. Celestial encounters. The origins of chaos and stability. xviii + 234 pp., notes, bibl., index. ISBN 0-691-02743-9. $24.95.

Partly historical; work of Henri Poincaré and others.

Hearnshaw, J. B. The measurement of starlight: Two centuries of astronomical photometry. xiv + 511 pp., illus., refs., indexes. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-40393-6 (hc) $89.95.

F. A. Argelander, W. Becker, W. Herschel, H. L. Johnson, G. E. Kron, E. C. Pickering, F. H. Sears, H. Shapley, J. Stebbins, A. E. Whitford.

Hoskin, Michael (ed.) The Cambridge illustrated history of astronomy. ix + 392 pp., illus., chronology, glossary, bibl., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-41158-0 (hc) $39.95

Authors are D. Dewhirst, O. Gingerich, M. Hoskin, C. Ruggles.

Kragh, Helge. Cosmology and controversy: The historical development of two theories of the universe. xiii + 501 pp., notes, bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-691-02623-8 (hc) $35.

Big Bang vs. Steady State; theories of Ralph Alpher, Hermann Bondi, Arthur S. Eddington, Albert Einstein, A. A. Friedmann, George Gamow, Thomas Gold, Robert C. Herman, Fred Hoyle, Georges Lemaître, W. H. McCrea, E. A. Milne, Dennis Sciama.

Lankford, John. American astronomy: Community, careers, and power, 1859-1940. xxiii + 447 pp., fns., refs., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0-226-46886-0 (hc) $65.

W. W. Campbell, G. E. Hale, Maria Mitchell, Frank Schlesinger, Harlow Shapley.

Malphrus, Benjamin K. The history of radio astronomy and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory: Evolution toward Big Science. vii + 199 pp., illus., notes, glossary, bibl., index. Malabar, FL: Krieger, 1996. ISBN 0-89464-841-1 (hc) $49.50.

F. D. Drake, D. S. Heeschen, M. A. Tuve.

Mather, John C.; Boslough, John. The very first light: The true inside story of the scientific journey back to the dawn of the universe. xxi + 328 pp., illus., bibl., index. New York: Basic Books, 1996. ISBN 0-465-01575-1 (hc) $27.50.

R. Alpher, R. Dicke, G. Gamow, M. Hauser, R. Herman, J. Peebles, A. Penzias, G. Smoot, R. Weiss, D. Wilkinson, R. Wilson.

Moore, Patrick. The planet Neptune: An historical survey before Voyager. 2d ed. 150 pp., illus., refs., bibl., index. New York: Wiley, 1996. ISBN 0-471-96015-2 (hc) $49.95.

J. C. Adams, J. Challis, W. Lassell, U. J. J. LeVerrier.

Wolfschmidt, Gudrun. Milchstrasse, Nebel, Galaxien: Strukturen im Kosmos von [William] Herschel bis [E. P.] Hubble. 186 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. Munich: Deutsches Museum, 1995. ISBN 3-486-26308-0 (pb) $22.60.

[See also Coyne & Sinclair under Science and Art]


Oliver, Jack. Shocks and rocks: Seismology in the plate tectonics revolution: The story of earthquakes and the great Earth science revolution of the 1960s. (History of Geophysics, vol. 6) xii + 139 pp., illus., bibl., index, app. Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, 1996. ISBN 0-87590-280-4 (pb) $28.

Includes a 1968 paper by B. Isacks, J. Oliver & R. Sacks.

Schröder, Wilfried (ed.) Physics and geophysics with historical case studies. (A Festschrift in honour of Karl-Heinrich Wiederkehr) 409 pp., notes, illus. Bremen-Roennebeck, Germany: Interdivisional Commission on History of IAGA and History Commission of the German Geophysical Society, 1997. (Mitteilungen des Arbeitskreises Geschichte der Geophysik, 16 Jg., Heft 2-5) (IAGA-IDCH Newsletter No. 25) ISSN 0179-5658 (pb) $20.

Papers on history of physics by L. Sofonea; on history of geophysics by A. Adam, L. Bartha, E. A. Oni, T. Landscheidt, G. P. Gregori; other papers by R. Zott (on prizes), H. Hörz (on H. von Helmholtz), C. Poggeman, P. Klein, G. Küveler. List of Wiederkehr's publications.


Andrewes, William J. W. (ed.) The quest for longitude. The proceedings of the Longitude Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 4-6, 1993. 437 pp., illus., bibl., index. Cambridge, MA: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, 1996. ISBN 0-9644329-0-0 (hc) $75.

On John Harrison and others.

Doby, T.; Alker, G. Origins and Development of Medical Imaging. xi + 171 pp., notes, index. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8093-2010-X (hc) $29.95.

W. C. Roentgen and others.

Wilson, R. N. Reflecting telescope optics. I. Basic design theory and its historical development. xiii + 543 pp., illus., refs., indexes. New York: Springer, 1996. ISBN 3-540-58964-3 (hc) $98.50.

[See also Buchwald, Jed (ed.) under HISTORY OF SCIENCE; HEARNSHAW, J. B. under HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY]


Buderi, Robert. The Invention that Changed the World. How a small Group of Radar Pioneers Won the Second World War and Launched a Technological Revolution. 575 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. ISBN 0-684-81021-2. $26.55

[back to top] COLLECTED BIOGRAPHIES OF SCIENTISTS (3 or more scientists)

Brennan, Richard P. Heisenberg Probably Slept here. The Lives, Times, and Ideas of the Great Physicists of the 20th Century. xi + 274 pp., glossary, bibl., index. New York: Wiley, 1997. ISBN 0-471-15709-0 (hc) $22.95.

Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Murray Gell-Mann, Werner Heisenberg, Isaac Newton, Max Planck, Ernest Rutherford.

Everdell, William R. The First Moderns. Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-Century Thought. xi + 501 pp., notes, bibl., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997. ISBN 0-226-22480-5 (hc) $29.95.

Includes Ludwig Boltzmann, Albert Einstein, Max Planck.

Mattson, James; Simon, Merrill. The pioneers of NMR and magnetic resonance in medicine. The story of MRI. xxxi + 838 pp., illus., bibls., index. Ramat-Gan, Israel: Bar-Ilan University Press, 1996. ISBN 09619243-1 (hc) $75. Distributed in U.S. by Dean Books, Jericho, NY.

F. Bloch, N. Bloembergen, R. V. Damadian, R. R. Ernst, E. L. Hahn, P. C. Lauterbur, E. M. Purcell, I. I. Rabi, N. F. Ramsey.

National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Biographical memoirs, vol. 70. vii + 436 pp. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996. ISBN 0-309-05541-5 (hc) $79. ISSN 0077-2933.

Memoirs of: Henry Eyring by Walter Kauzmann; Bernd Matthias by T. H. Geballe and J. K. Hulm; Egon Orowan by F. R. N. Nabarro and A. S. Argon; Merle Anthony Tuve> by Philip H. Abelson.

National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Biographical memoirs, vol. 71. vii + 383 pp., illus., bibls. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1997. ISBN 0-309-05738-8 (hc) $79. ISSN 0077-2933.

Memoirs of: Allan V. Cox by Konrad B. Krauskopf; Ernest George Merritt by Paul L. Hartman; J. Robert Oppenheimer by H. A. Bethe; Linus Carl Pauling by Jack D. Dunitz; Jabez Curry Street by K. T. Bainbridge, E. M. Purcell, N. F. Ramsey and K. Strauch.

Royal Society. Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 41. 602 pp., illus., refs. London: Royal Society, 1995. ISBN 0-85403-501-X (hc) $102. ISSN 0080-4606.

Memoirs of: Robert Edward Bell by J. M. Robson; John Gatenby Bolton by J. P. Wild; Egon Orowan by F. R. N. Nabarro & A. S. Argon; John Tuzo Wilson by G. D. Garland.

Royal Society. Biographical memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 42. 559 pp., illus., refs. London: Royal Society, 1996. ISBN 0-85403-506-0 (hc) $102. ISSN 0080-4606.

Memoirs of: John Adair Barker by J. S. Rowlinson; James Macdonald Cassels by J. R. Holt; Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar by R. J. Tayler; Heinrich Gerhard Kuhn by B. Bleaney]; Philip Burton Moon by W. E. Burcham & G. R. Isaak; Frank Pasquill by J. Mason & F. B. Smith; Linus Carl Pauling by J. D. Dunitz; George William Series by B. Bleaney; Frederick William George White by H. C. Minnett & Ro. Robertson.

Sanger, S. L. Working on the bomb: An oral history of WWII Hanford. Edited by Craig Wollner. xiii + 264 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. Portland, OR: Continuing Education Press, Portland State University, 1995. ISBN 0876781156 (pb) $17.95.

Shortland, Michael; Yeo, Richard (eds.) Telling lives in science: Essays on scientific biography. xi + 295 pp., fns., bibl., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-43323-1 (hc) $75.

Includes M. Hunter on R. Boyle, G. Cantor on M. Faraday.

Zack, Naomi. Bachelors of science: Seventeenth-century identity, then and now. xii + 249 pp., notes, bibl., index. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56639-435-X (hc) $54.95. ISBN 1-56639-436-8 (pb) $22.95.

R. Boyle, R. Descartes, P. Gassendi, I. Newton and others.


[Ampère, André-Marie] Hofmann, James R. André-Marie Ampère. xiv + 406 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-56220-1 (hc) $49.95.

Also J.-B. Biot, P. S. Laplace, S. D. Poisson.

[Arrhenius, Svante] Crawford, Elisabeth. Arrhenius: From Ionic Theory to the Greenhouse Effect. xiii + 320 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 1996. ISBN 0-88135-166-0 (hc) $49.95.

[Bohm, David] Peat, F. David. Infinite potential: The life and times of David Bohm. vii + 353 pp., illus., notes, index. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Longman, 1996. ISBN 0-201-40635-7 (hc) $25.

Also N. Bohr, W. Pauli.

[Boyle, Robert] Wojcik, Jan W. Robert Boyle and the limits of reason. xvi + 243 pp, fns., bibl., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-521-56029-2 (hc) $59.95.

[Cavendish, Henry] Jungnickel, Christa; McCormmach, Russell. Cavendish. xi + 414 pp., fns., bibl., indexes. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1996. (Memoirs, vol. 220) ISBN 0-87169-220-1 (hc) $50.

Also Charles Blagdon, Charles Cavendish, John Michell, Isaac Newton, Joseph Priestley.

[Chadwick, James] Brown, Andrew. The Neutron and the Bomb: A Biography of Sir James Chadwick. xviii + 384 pp., illus., refs., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-19-8539924 (hc) $55.

Also: Norman Feather, Otto Frisch, Hans W. Geiger, L. R. Groves, F. Joliot-Curie, E. O. Lawrence, M. L. Oliphant, R. E. Peierls, J. Rotblatt, E. Rutherford.

[Descartes, René] Ariew, Roger; Grene, Marjorie (eds.) Descartes and his Contemporaries. vii + 261 pp., fns., bibl., index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. ISBN 0-226-02629-9 (hc) $45. ISBN 0-226-02630-2 (pb) $17.95.

[Einstein, Albert] Brian, Denis. Einstein: A Life. xiv + 509 pp., illus., notes, bibl., index. New York: Wiley, 1996. ISBN 0-471-11459-6 (hc) $30.

[Einstein, Albert] Calaprice, Alice (ed.) The Quotable Einstein. Foreword by Freeman Dyson. xxiv + 269 pp., illus., keyword index, subject index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-691-02696-3 (hc) $16.95.

[Einstein, Albert] Eddington, Allen Boyce (ed.) Essential Einstein. Introduction by Alan Bisbort. ix + 120 pp., illus., bibl. San Francisco: Pomegranate Artbooks, 1995. ISBN 0-87654-472-3 (pb) $22.95.

Collection of 60 photographs, interspersed with quotes.

[Einstein, Albert] Fölsing, Albrecht. Albert Einstein: A Biography. Translated from German by Ewald Osers. ix + 882 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Viking/Penguin, 1997. ISBN 0-670-85545-6 (hc) $34.95. German version publ. 1993.

[Faraday, Michael] Cantor, Geoffrey; Gooding, David; James, Frank; A. J. L. Michael Faraday. xiii + 111 pp., illus., bibl. essay, index. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press, 1996. ISBN 0-391-03981-4 (hc) $39.95. ISBN 0-391-03982-2 (pb) $12.50. First published in U.K., 1991.

[Heaviside, Oliver] Yavetz, Ido. From obscurity to enigma: The work of Oliver Heaviside, 1872-1889. x + 334 pp. Boston: Birkhäuser, 1995. ISBN 3-7643-5180-2 (hc) $89.

[Helmholtz, Hermann von] Eckart, Wolfgang U.; Volkert, Klaus (eds.) Hermann von Helmholtz. Vorträge eines Heidelberger Symposiums anlässlich des einhundertsten Todestages. ix + 336 pp., refs., index. Pfaffenweiler: Centaurus, 1996. ISBN 3-8255-0023-3 (pb) $43.

Papers by Christoph Gradmann, Otto Joachim Grösser, Horst Kant, Ulrich Kern, Kazimir-Boleslav Lavrynovicz, Brigitte Lohff, K. Volkert, Bernhard vom Brocke, Franz Werner.

[Hertz, Heinrich] Susskind, Charles. Heinrich Hertz: A short life. 190 pp., index, illus. San Francisco: San Francisco Press, 1995. ISBN 0-911302-74-3 (hc) $18.25.

[Hooke, Robert] Drake, Ellen Tan. Restless Genius: Robert Hooke and his Earthly Thoughts. xiv + 386 pp., illus., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-506695-2 (hc) $65.

On Hooke's Lectures and Discourses of Earthquakes and Subterraneous Eruptions (1667-1694).

[Maxwell, James Clerk] Simpson, Thomas K. Maxwell on the electromagnetic field. A guided study. Illustrations by Anne Farrell. xxi + 441 pp., notes, refs., bibl., index. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8135-2362-1 (hc) $48. ISBN 0-8135-2363-X (pb) $19.95.

[Mayer, Maria Goeppert] Gabor, Andrea. Einstein's Wife. Work and Marriage in the Lives of Five Great Twentieth-Century Women. xxiv + 341 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Viking, 1995. ISBN 0-670-84210-9 (hc) $24.95. ISBN 0-14-15993-2 (pb, 1996) $12.95.

Includes Maria Goeppert Mayer and Mileva Maric Einstein.

[Newton, Isaac] Hall, A. Rupert A. Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought. xvi + 468 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-56221-X (hc) $54.95. ISBN 0-521-56669-X (pb) $19.95. Corrected reprint of the 1992 edition.

[Newton, Isaac] McGuire, J. E. Tradition and innovation: Newton's metaphysics of nature. xvi + 290 pp., notes, index. Boston: Kluwer, 1995. ISBN 0-7923-3617-8 (hc) $140. Collection of previously-published articles.

[Noll, Walter] Ignatieff, Yurie A. The mathematical world of Walter Noll: A scientific biography. x + 254 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996. ISBN 3-540-59440-X (hc) $49.

Also B. D. Coleman, C. A. Truesdell.

Pais, Abraham. A tale of two continents: A physicist's life in a turbulent world. xvi + 511 pp., illus., index ("onomasticon"). Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-691-01243-1 (hc) $35.

Also N. Bohr, A. Einstein, J. R. Oppenheimer.

[Pauli, Wolfgang] Atmanspracher, Harald; Primas, Hans; Wertenschlag-Birkhäuser, Eva. Der Pauli-Jung-Dialog und seine Bedeutung für moderne Wissenschaft. 356 pp., illus., notes, index. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1995. ISBN 3-540058518-4 (hc) $61.50.

Includes articles on Pauli by the editors, Herbert Pietschmann, and others.

[Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia] Haramundanis, Katherine (ed.) Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin: An Autobiography and other recollections. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University press, 1996. xxii + 277 pp., illus., refs., index. ISBN 0-521-48258-1 (hc) $54.96. ISBN 0-521-48390-5 (pb) $19.95.

Introductory essays by Virginia Trimble, J. L. Greenstein and Peggy A. Kidwell; "The Dyer's Hand, An Autobiography"; personal recollections by Katherine Haramundanis; list of works by Payne-Gaposchkin.

[Poincaré, Henri] Barrow-Green, June. Poincaré and the three body problem. xvi + 272 pp., illus., fns., refs., index. Providence, RI: Americam Mathematical Society, 1997. ISBN 0-8218-0367-0 (hc) $49.

Also G. D. Birkhoff, H. Gyldén, J. Hadamard, G. W. Hill.

[Raman, C. V.] Venkataraman, G. Raman and his effect. vii + 99 pp., illus., index. London: Sangam Books, 1995. ISBN 0-86311-455-5 (pb) $13.

[Revelle, Roger] Morgan, Judith; Morgan, Neil. Roger: A biography of Roger Revelle. 96 pp., illus. La Jolla, CA: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1996. No ISBN (pb), n.p.

Riehl, Nikolaus; Seitz, Frederick. Stalin's captive: Nikolaus Riehl and the Soviet race for the bomb. xxii + 218 pp., fns., illus., index. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society & Chemical Heritage Foundation, 1996. ISBN 0-8412-3310-1 (hc) $34.95.

[Rutherford, Ernst] Campbell, John. Rutherford's ancestors. vi + 58 pp., illus., list of sources, index. Christchurch, New Zealand: AAS Publications, 1996. ISBN 0-473-03858-7 (pb) NZ $20.00.

[Saha, M. N.] Venkataraman, G. Saha and his formula. ix + 194 pp., illus., index. London: Sangam Books, 1995. ISBN: 0-86311-618-3 (pb) $13.

[Schwinger, Julian] Ng, Y. Jack (ed.) Julian Schwinger: The physicist, the teacher, and the man. xiv + 195 pp., illus., apps. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-022531-8 (hc) $38. ISBN 981-02532-6 (pb) $16.

Articles by L. S. Brown, B. DeWitt, W. Kohn, K. A. Milton and others; lists of his doctoral students and publications.

[Soddy, Frederick] Merricks, Linda. The world made new: Frederick Soddy, science, politics, and environment. vii + 223 pp., notes, bibl., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-855934-8 (hc) $105.

[Szilard, Leo] Grandy, David A. Leo Szilard: Science as a mode of being. xiii + 189 pp., notes, bibl., index. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1996. ISBN 0-7618-0308-4 (hc) $39.50.

Also Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, Ernest Rutherford, Erwin Schrödinger, H. G. Wells.

[Taylor, G. I.] Batchelor, G. K. The life and legacy of G. I. Taylor. xv + 285 pp., illus., list of works by Taylor, index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-251-46121 (hc) $75.

[Tesla, Nikola] Seifer, Marc J. Wizard: The life and times of Nikola Tesla. Biography of a genius. xiv + 543 pp., illus., notes, index. Secaucus, NJ: BirchLane Press/Carol Publishing Group, 1996. ISBN 1-55972-329-7 (hc) $32.

[Townes, Charles Hard] Chiao, Raymond Y. (ed.) Amazing Light: A Volume Dedicated to Charles Hard Townes on his 80th Birthday. xxviii + 682 pp., illus., refs., index. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996. ISBN 0-387-94658-6 (hc) $69.00

Includes several short historical/biographical articles.

Van der Waals, Johannes Diderik] Kipnis, A. Ya.; Yavelov, B. E.; Rowlinson, J. S. Van der Waals and molecular science. ix + 313 pp., bibl., index. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-19-855210-6 (hc) $105.


Boyle, Robert. A free enquiry into the vulgarly received notion of nature. Edited with introduction and notes by Edward B. Davis and Michael Hunter. xxxvi + 171 pp., fns., glossary, index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-56100-0 (hc) $54.95. ISBN 0-521-56796-3 (pb) $18.95.

Domb, Cyril. The Critical Point. A Historical Introduction to the Modern Theory of Critical Phenomena. Forword by Michael E. Fisher. xviii + 376 pp., illus., refs., index. London & Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis, 1996. ISBN 0-7484-0435-X (hc) $99.

Theories of Ernst Ising, L. D. Landau, Lars Onsager, J. D. van der Waals, K. G. Wilson.

[Galilei, Galileo] Galileo on the World Systems. A New Abridged Translation and Guide by Maurice A. Finocchiaro. xi + 425 pp., fns, apps, glossary, index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997. ISBN 0-520-20548-0 (hc) $55. ISBN 0-520-20646-0 (pb) $19.95.

Kepler, Johannes. The harmony of the world. Translated with an introduction and notes by E. J. Aiton, A. M. Duncan, J. V. Field. xlii + 549 pp., fns., bibl., index. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1997. (Memoirs, Vol. 209) ISBN 0-87169-209-0 (hc) $60.

Translation of Harmonice Mundi (1619).

[Lemaître, Georges] Heller, Michael. Lemaître, Big Bang, and the quantum universe. With his original manuscript. 108 pp., notes, index. Tucson: Pachart, 1996. ISBN 0-88126-285-4 (pb) $37. Expanded edition of Heller & Godart's The expanding universe: Lemaître's unknown manuscript.

[Newton, Isaac] Densmore, Dana. Newton's Principia: The Central Argument. Translation, Notes and Expanded Proofs. Translations and Illustrations by William H. Donahue. xl + 425 pp., illus., index. Santa Fe, NM: Green Lion Press, 1995. ISBN 1-888009-01-2 (hc) $42. ISBN 1-888009-00-4 (pb) $26.95.

[back to top] COLLECTED WORKS OF SCIENTISTS (including unpublished papers)

Bloembergen, Nicolaas (ed). Encounters in Magnetic Resonances: Selected Papers of Nicolaas Bloembergen (with Commentary). x + 550 pp. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-02-2505-9 (hc) $88.00 ISBN 981-02-2590-3 (pb) $36.

Bloembergen, Nicolaas (ed.) Encounters in Nonlinear Optics: Selected Papers of Nicolaas Bloembergen (with Commentary). xv + 622 pp. Teaneck, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-022-5490 (hc) n.p. ISBN 981-022-5911 (pb) $34.

Autobiographical Epilogue, 619-622.

Boltzmann, Ludwig. Hochgeehrter Herr Professor! Innig geliebter Louis! Ludwig Boltzmann, Henriette von Augentler Briefwechsel. Edited by Dieter Flamm. 329 pp. illus., notes, bibl., index. Vienna: Böhlau, 1995. ISBN 3-205-98266-5. n.p.

Dyson, Freeman. Selected Papers of Freeman Dyson with Commentary. xii + 601 pp.; list of papers by Dyson. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 1996. ISBN 0-8218-0561-4 (hc) $59.

[Einstein, Albert] The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Volume 4. The Swiss Years: Writings, 1912-1914. Translated by A. Beck. xi + 314 pp., Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-691-02610-6 (pb) $39.50.

[Ertel, Hans] Schröder, Wilfried; Treder, Hans-Jürgen (eds.) Ertel's Potential Vorticity. (Ertel's Collected Papers, Volume III) 174 pp. Bremen-Roennebeck, Germany: Interdivisional Commission on History of IAGA and History Commission of the German Geophysical Society, 1997. Mitteilungen des Arbeitskreises Geschichte der Geophysik, 16 Jg., Heft D. ISSN 0179-5658 (pb) $20.

Includes "Reflections on Ertel's Potential Vorticity" reprinted from the works of R. Hide, M. V. Kurgansky, C. Truesdell, and others.

[Faraday, Michael] James, Frank A. J. L. (ed.) The Correspondence of Michael Faraday. Volume 3, 1841-December 1848, Letters 1334-2145. lvii + 835 pp., fns., bibl., index. London: Institution of Electrical Engineers, 1996. ISBN 0-86341-250-5 (hc) £65.

G. B. Airy, A. A. DelaRive, W. R. Grove, J. Herbert, C. F. Schoenbein, W. Whewell.

[Hubble, Edwin P.] Hetherington, Norriss S. Hubble's cosmology: A guided study of selected texts, annotated and set in historical context. xx + 218 pp., index. Tucson: Pachart, 1996. ISBN 0-88126-287-0 (pb) $67.

[Lieb, Elliott H.] Thirring, W. (ed.) The stability of matter from atoms to stars: Selecta of Elliott H. Lieb. Preface by F. Dyson. 2nd ed. xi + 675 pp., list of Lieb's pubs. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1997. ISBN 3-540-61565-2 (hc) $74.95.

[Nambu, Y.] Eguchi, T.; Nishijima, K. (eds.) Broken symmetry: Selected papers of Y. Nambu. xvii + 467 pp., list of his pubs. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-02-2356-0 (hc) $91. ISBN 981-02-2420-6 (pb) $37.

[Onsager, Lars] Hemmer, Per Chr.; Holden, Helge; Ratkje, Signe Kjelstrup (eds.) The collected works of Lars Onsager (with commentary). x + 1075 pp., refs. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-02-2563-6 (hc) $98. ISBN 981-02-2718-3 (pb) $56.

Schramm, David. The Big Bang and other explosions in nuclear and particle astrophysics. xix + 710 pp., illus., notes. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1995. ISBN 981-022024-3 (hc) $99. ISBN 981-02-2025-1 (pb) $48.

Collection of published papers.

Wigner, Eugene Paul. The collected works of Eugene Paul Wigner, Part A. The scientific papers, Vol. II -Nuclear Physics. Annotated by Herman Feshbach, edited by Arthur S. Wightman. x + 574 pp., bibl. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996. ISBN 0-387-56972-3 (hc) $159.


Van den Kruit, P. C.; Gilmore, G. (eds.) Stellar populations. Proceedings of the 164th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, 1994. xi + 472 pp., refs., index. Boston: Kluwer, 1995. ISBN 0-7923-3537-6 (hc) $174.

Includes papers on history of the concept of stellar populations by O. Gingerich, D. E. Osterbrock (on Walter Baade), N. G. Roman, and A. Blaauw.


Brey, J. J.; Marro, J.; Rubí, J. M.; San Miguel, M. (eds). 25 Years of Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics. Proceedings of the XIII Sitges Conference held in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, 13-17 June 1994. xviii + 387 pp., illus., refs. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995. ISBN 3-540-59158-3 (hc) $92.

Lectures reviewing progress since the first conference (1969) by G. Ahlers, E. G. D. Cohen, J. L. Lebowitz, and others.

Broglie, Louis de. Diverses questions de mécanique et de thermodynamique classiques et relativistes. Edition établie d'après un manuscrit inédit de Louis de Broglie, édité et prefacé par Georges Lochat, Michel Karatchentzeff et Daniel Fargue. xii + 198 pp., illus., notes. Berlin: Springer, 1995. ISBN 3-540-59446-9 (hc)

De Gennes, Gilles; Badoz, Jacques. Fragile objects. Soft matter, hard science, and the thrill of discovery. xvi + 189 pp., illus., glossary, index. New York: Springer Verlag/Copenicus, 1996. ISBN 0-387-94774-4 (hc) $24.

[Feynman, Richard P.] Goodstein, David L.; Goodstein, Judith R. (eds.) Feynman's lost lecture: The motion of planets around the Sun. 191 pp., illus., bibl., index, compact disc. New York: Norton, 1996. ISBN 0-393-03918-8 (hc) $35.

Fowler, T. Kenneth. The Fusion Quest. xii + 250 pp., illus., glossary, bibl., index. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-8018-5456-3 (hc) $29.95.

Gibbons, John H. This gifted age: Science and technology at the millenium. Forward by Al Gore. xvii + 346 pp., index, refs. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 1997. ISBN 1-56396-129-6 (hc) $29.95.

Collection of articles and lectures by the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology.

Goldanskii, Vitalii I. Essays of a Soviet scientist. xv + 303 pp., subject index. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56396-454-6 (hc) $32.95.

Humboldt, Alexander von. Cosmos: A sketch of a physical description of the universe. Translated by E. C. Otté. Vol. 1, Introduction by Nicolaas A. Rupke. xlii + 375 pp., fns, index. Vol. 2, Introduction by Michael Dettelbach. xlvii + 367 pp., fns, index. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. Vol. 1, ISBN 0-8018-5502-0 (pb) $15.95. Vol. 2, ISBN 0-8018-5503-9 (pb) $15.95. Reprint of 1858 edition.

Vol. 1 includes astronomy and geophysics; vol. 2 has a chapter on history of astronomy.

Officer, Charles; Page, Jake. The great dinosaur extinction controversy. xiii + 209 pp., illus., bibl., index. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1996. ISBN 0-201-48384-X (hc) $22.50.

Skeptical history of the meteorite impact hypothesis proposed by L. Alvarez et al.

Penzias, Arno. Digital harmony: Business, technology & life after paperwork. xiv + 178 pp., index. New York: HarperCollins, 1995, pb 1996. ISBN 0-88730-724-8 (hc) $23. ISBN 0-88730-785-X (pb) $12. [Title of hc edition is Harmony ...]

Perl, M. L. Reflections on experimental science. xii + 537 pp. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-02-2429-X (hc) $84. ISBN 981-02-2574-1 (pb) $39.

Comments, reprints, reflections, memoir on discovery of taulepton.

Rubin, Vera. Bright galaxies, dark matters. xvi + 236 pp., illus., index. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 1997. ISBN 1-56396-231-4 (hc) $29.95.

Collection of essays, most of them previously published.

Sandage, A. R.; Kron, R. G.; Longair, M. S. The deep universe. Saas-Fee Advanced Course 23, Lecture Notes 1993. Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy. Edited by B. Binggeli & R. Buser. xiv + 526 pp., illus., notes, refs., index. New York: Springer, 1995. ISBN 3-540-58913-9 (hc) $59.

"Practical cosmology: inventing the past" [cosmology in the 20th century] by A. R. Sandage, 1-232.

Schrödinger, Erwin. Nature and the Greeks [first published 1954]; Science and Humanism [first published 1951]. x + 172 pp. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-57550-8 (pb) $8.95.

Seaborg, Glenn T. A scientist speaks out: A personal perspective on science, society and change. xvi + 446 pp., illus. River Edge, NJ: World Scientific, 1996. ISBN 981-0222041 (hc) $48.

39 lectures.


Lankford, John (ed.) History of astronomy, an encyclopedia. xix + 594 pp., bibls., index. New York: Garland, 1997. ISBN 0-8153-0322-X (hc) $99.


Millar, Ian; Millar, Margaret; Millar, David; Millar, John (eds.) The Cambridge dictionary of scientists. xii + 387 pp., chronology, index. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-521-56185-X (hc) $39.95. ISBN 0-532-56718-1 (pb) $16.95.

[See also National Academy of Sciences and Royal Society under COLLECTED BIOGRAPHIES]


Elliott, Clark A. History of Science in the United States: A Chronology and Research Guide. x + 543 pp., index. New York: Garland Publishing, 1996. ISBN 0-8153-1309-8 (hc) $83.

Ezhela, V. V.; Filimonov, B. B.; Lugovsky, S. B.; Polishchuk, B. V.; Striganov, S. I.; Stroganov, Y. G.; Armstrong, B.' Barnett, R. M.; Groom, D. E.; Gee, P. S.; Trippe, T. G.; Wohl, C. G.; Jackson, J. D. Particle Physics: One Hundred Years of Discoveries. An Annotated Chronological Bibliography. viii + 328 pp., index. Woodbury, NY: AIP Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56396-642-5 (pb) $49.

Jayawardene, S. A. The scientific revolution: An annotated bibliography. xvii + 383 pp., indexes. West Cornwall, CT: Locust Hill Press, 1996. ISBN 0-933951-71-X (hc) $60.


Foster, Janet; Sheppard, Julia. British Archives: A Guide to Archive Resources in the United Kingdom. 3rd edition. lxiv + 627 pp., index. New York: Stockton Press, 1995. ISBN 1-56159-172-6 (hc) $160.

Matchette, Robert B.; with Eales, Anne B.; Fischer, Lance J.; Kepley, Brenda B.; Koucky, Judith A. Guide to federal records in the National Archives of the United States. 3 vols., 2428 pp., index. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration (distributed by U. S. Government Printing Office), 1995. ISBN 0-16-048312-3 (hc) $95.

Moore, Keith. A guide to the archives and manuscripts of the Royal Society, with additions by Mary Sampoon. ix + 72 pp., London: The Royal Society, 1995. ISBN 0-85403-500-1. £16.

Smithsonian Archives. Guide to the Smithsonian Archives. liii + 796 pp., index. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996. No ISBN (pb) $30.

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Marcus, George E. (ed.) Technoscientific imaginaries: Conversations, profiles, and memoirs. ix + 560 pp., illus., notes, index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995. ISBN 0-226-50443-3 (hc) $65. ISBN 0-226-50444-1 (pb) $22.50.

Interviews with physicists and others. Diana L. L. Hill on nuclear testing treaties --interviews with Roger Eugene Hill. Hugh Gusterson on becoming a weapons scientist. L. Koczanowicz on Andrzej Staruszkiewicz.

[See also Sanger under COLLECTED BIOGRAPHIES]

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