AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVI, No. 2, Fall 1994

 

Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Martha Keyes

This is our usual compilation of some (by no means all) recently published articles on the history of modern physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields. Note that these bibliographies have been posted on our Web site since 1994, and you can search the full text of all of them (along with our annual book bibliography, recent Catalog of Sources entries, exhibit materials, etc.) by using the “Search” icon on our site map (www.aip.org/history/s-indx.htm). To restrict your search to the bibliographies, enter in the box:
[your search term(s)] AND “recent publications”

For a complelete list of published books and journals on the history of physics, visit http://www.aip.org/history/web-news.htm#bib.

In this column:
o Purcell's Role in the Discovery of NMR ...
o Thermodynamics and Cold Light ...
o The History of Technical Physics in Germany ...
o The Construction of the Jodrell Bank Mark I Radio Telescope ...
o The Development of Science This Century ...
o The Mirage of the "World Accelerator and World Peace" ...
o UTEC and Ferut: The University of Toronto's Computation Centre ...
o Quantum Physics and the Stars ...
o Russian Scientific Institutions ...
o Stanford's Supervoltage X-Ray Tube ...
o Recollections of Lev Davidovich Landau ...
o Physics Meets Photography ...
o Einstein's Struggle for a Machian Gravitational Theory
o Education for Design and Production ...
o Business and the Genesis of the NSF ...

American Journal of Physics, vol. 62, no.7 (July 1994) includes Mark Gerstein, "Purcell's Role in the Discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance: Contingency Versus Inevitability," 596-601. Vol. 62, no.8 (August 1994) features Ruth Lewin Sime, "Lise Meitner in Sweden 1938-1960: Exile from Physics," 695-701.

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Annals of Science, vol. 51, no.3 (May 1994) features M. Malley, "Thermodynamics and Cold Light," 203-224; and Penha Maria Cardoso Dias, "Clausius and Maxwell: The Statistics of Molecular Collisions (1857-1862)," 249-262. Vol. 51, no.4 (July 1994) includes G. Giuliani and P. Marazzini, "The Italian Physics Community and the Crisis of Classical Physics: New Radiations, Quanta and Relativity (1896-1925)," 355-390.

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Berliner Beitrage zur Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften und der Technik, vol. 1, (1994) is a special issue devoted to Georg Gehlhoff and the history of "Technical Physics" in Germany. This edition includes Dieter Hoffmann, "Zur Etablierung der `technischen Physik' in Deutschland," 7-22; and Edgar Swinne, "Georg Gehlhoff Grunder der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur technische Physik," 24-50.

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British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 27, part 1 (March 1994) includes Jon Agar, "Making a Meal of the Big Dish: The Construction of the Jodrell Bank Mark I Radio Telescope as a Stable Edifice, 1946-57," 3-21; and Mary R.S. Creese & Thomas M. Creese, "British Women Who Contributed to Research in the Geological Sciences in the Nineteenth Century," 23-54. Vol. 27, part 2 (June 1994) features David Kaiser, "Bringing the Human Actors Back on Stage: The Personal Context of the Einstein-Bohr Debate," 129-152.

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Cern Courier, vol. 34, no.4 (May 1994) features the first of a three part series on the development of twentieth century science by Victor Weisskopf, "The Development of Science This Century: From 1900 to World War II," 1-4. Vol. 34, no.5 (June 1994) contains part 2,"The Development of Science This Century: 1946-1970," 9-14.

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Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 24, part 1 (1994) features Maria Grazia Ianniello, "Elastic Nachwirkung, Brownian Motion and the Tide Against Determinism: 1835-1920," 41-100; Adrienne Kolb & Lillian Hoddeson, "The Mirage of the `World Accelerator for World Peace' and the Origins of the SSC, 1953-1983," 101-124; and Terry Shinn, "The Bellevue Grand Electroaimant, 1900-1940: Birth of a Research-Technology Community," 157-188.

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ISEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 16, no.2 (Summer 1994) is a special issue on computing in Canada. This edition includes Michael R. Williams, "UTEC and Ferut: The University of Toronto's Computation Centre," 4-12; J.N. Patterson Hume, "Development of Systems Software for the Ferut Computer," 13-19; and John Vardalas, "From DATAR to the FP-6000: Technological Change in a Canadian Industrial Context," 20-30.

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Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 25, no.2 (May 1994) includes Lajos Bartha, "Astrophysical Instruments in Hungary, 1871- 1911," 77-91. Vol. 25, no.3 (August 1994) features David H. DeVorkin, "Quantum Physics and the Stars (IV): Meghnad Saha's Fate," 155-188.

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Minerva, vol. 32, no.1 (Spring 1994) includes Paul R. Josephson, "Russian Scientific Institutions: International-ization, Democracy and Dispersion," 1-24; David H. Guston, "Congressmen and Scientists in the Making of Science Policy: The Allison Commission, 1884-1886," 25-52; and Stanley B. Winters, "Josef Hlavka, Zdenek Nejedly, and the Czech Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1891-1952," 53-78.

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Osiris [second series], vol. 9, (1994) is devoted to instruments and includes Bruce Hevly, "Stanford's Supervoltage X-Ray Tube," 85- 100; and Robert W. Smith & Joseph N. Tatarewicz, "Counting on Invention: Devices and Black Boxes in Very Big Science," 101-123.

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Physics Today, vol. 47, no.6 (June 1994) features Alexander I. Akhiezer, "Recollections of Lev Davidovich Landau," 35-42; and Rudolf Peierls, "Yakov Il'ich Frenkel," 44-49. Vol. 47, no.8 [Part 1] includes Gerald Holton, "Of Love, Physics and Other Passions: The Letters of Albert and Mileva (Part 1)," and Abraham Pais, "Einstein and the Press," 30-36.

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Rittenhouse, vol. 8, no.3 (May 1994) includes Theodore Sterling, "Physics Meets Photography: The Diffraction Chromoscope and the Diffraction Process of Color Photography," 65-72; and Peggy Aldrich Kidwell, "Adders Made and Used in the United States," 78-96.

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Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 25, no.3 (June 1994) features Carl Hoefer, "Einstein's Struggle for a Machian Gravitational Theory," 287-336; Thomas Bonk, "Why Has de Broglie's Theory Been Rejected?," 375-396; Helge Kragh & Bruno Carazza, "From Time Atoms to Space-Time Quantization: The Idea of Discrete Time, ca 1924-1936," 437-462; Allan Franklin, "How to Avoid the Experimenter's Regress," 263-492; and H.M. Collins, "A Strong Confirmation of the Experimenter's Regress," 493-504.

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Technology and Culture, vol. 35, no.1 (January 1994) includes James Donnelly, "Consultants, Managers, Testing Slaves: Changing Roles for Chemists in the British Alkali Industry, 1850-1920," 100-128. Vol. 35, no.2 (April 1994) contains Colin Divall, "Education for Design and Production: Professional Organization, Employers, and the Study of Chemical Engineering in British Universities, 1922- 1976," 258-288.

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Others:

Daniel Lee Kleinman, "Layers of Interests, Layers of Influence: Business and the Genesis of the National Science Foundation," Science, Technology, & Human Values, vol. 19, no.3 (Summer 1994): 259-282; Ronald Kline, "World War II: A Watershed in Electrical Engineering Education," Technology and Society, vol. 13, no.2 (Summer 1994): 17-23; Daniel Rothbart & Suzanne W. Slayden, "The Epistemology of a Spectrometer," Philosophy of Science, vol. 61, no.1 (March 1994): 25-38; Roger H. Stuewer, "The Origins of the Liquid-Drop Model and the Interpretation of Nuclear Fission," Perspectives on Science, vol. 2, no.1 (Spring 1994): 76-129.



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