AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVII, No. 2, Fall 1995


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 ( To restrict your search to the bibliographies, enter in the box:
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American Journal of Physics, vol. 62, no.12 (December 1994) features Joseph F. Mulligan, "Max Planck and the 'Black Year' of German Physics," 1089-1097. Vol. 63, no.4 (April 1995) includes Jeffrey J. Prentis, "Poincaré's Proof of the Quantum Discontinuity of Nature," 339-350. Vol. 63, no.7 (July 1995) includes Bruno Carazza & Helge Kragh, "Heisenberg's Lattice World: The 1930 Theory Sketch,595-605".

Annals of Science, vol. 52, no.3 (May 1995) includes N. Robotti, "J.J. Thomson at the Cavendish Laboratory: The History of an Electric Charge Measurement," 265-284. Vol. 52, no.4 (July 1995) features J.L. Davis, "The Research School of Marie Curie in the Paris Faculty, 1907-14," 321-355; and Dong-Won Kim, "The Emergence of Theoretical Physics in Japan: Japanese Physics Community Between the Two World Wars," 383-402.

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, vol. 18, no.1 (March 1995) features Karl-Friedrich Wessel & Martin Koch, "Lügen ist überhaupt das Kennzeichen unserer Zeit. über einen unveröffentlichten Briefwechsel zwischen Max Born und Friedrich Herneck," 27-33; and Freddy Litten, "Das Schicksal der Naturwissenschaftler an der Universität München 1945-1949," 34-36.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 51, no.3 (May/June 1995) includes Arjun Makhijani, "Japan: 'Always' the Target?," 23-27; and Stanley Goldberg, "Smithsonian Suffers Legionnaire's Disease," 28-33.

Centaurus, vol. 37, no.4 (1994) includes B. Mayerhoffer, "Das Prinzip der kleinsten Wirkung bei Hermann von Helmholtz," 304-320; and H. Wolff, "Von der Hydrodynamik zur kinetischen Gas-Theorie Oskar Emil Meyer," 321-348.

EOS, vol. 76, no.8 (February 21, 1995) features the final article in a three part series by E.W. Cliver, "Solar Activity and Geomagnetic Storms: From M Regions and Flares to Coronal Holes and CMEs," 75,83. Vol. 76, no.23 (June 6, 1995) features Heikki Nevanlinna, "New Geomagnetic Activity Index Series Published for 1844-1880," 233-234.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 25, part 2 (1995) features Finn Aaserud, "Sputnik and the 'Princeton Three': The National Security Laboratory That Was Not to Be," 185-239; Carol Gruber, "The Overhead System in Government-Sponsored Academic Science: Origins and Early Development," 241-268; Gyeong Soon Im, "The Formation and Development of the Ramsauer Effect," 269- 300; Nathan Reingold, "Choosing the Future: The U.S. Research Community, 1944-1946," 301-328; and Zuoyue Wang, "The Politics of Big Science in the Cold War: PSAC and the Funding of SLAC," 329-356.

History of Science, vol. 33, part 1 (March 1995) includes R.W. Home, "Humboldtian Science Revisited: An Australian Case Study," 1-22. Vol. 33, part 2 (June 1995) features Friedrich Steinle, "Looking for a 'Simple Case': Faraday and Electromagnetic Rotation," 179-202; and Mansell Davies, "A Thousand Years of Science and Scientists: 988 to 1988," 239-251.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 26, part 1 (February 1995) features Donald E. Osterbrock, "Walter Baade, Observational Astrophysicist, (Part 1): The Preparation 1893-1931," 1-32; and Alex Soojung- Kim Pang, "Victorian Observing Practices, Printing Technology, and Representations of the Solar Corona, Part 2: The Age of Photomechanical Reproduction," 63-75. Vol. 26, part 2 (May 1995) includes Helge Kragh, "Cosmology Between the Wars: The Nernst-MacMillan Alternative," 93-115.

Physics Today, vol. 48, no.6 (June 1995) includes two articles by Irwin Goodwin: "Bethe Fest: Tribute to a Titan of Modern Physics," 39-41; and "Pseudo-History Redux: FBI Clears Atomic Bomb Physicists of Spying," 44. Vol. 48, no.7 (July 1995) features Russell J. Donnelly, "The Discovery of Superfluidity," 30-36. Vol. 48, no.8, part 1 (August 1995) features "A Lecture on Bomb Physics: February 1942," delivered by Werner Heisenberg and translated by William Sweet, with an introduction by David Cassidy, 27-30; Jeremy Bernstein & David Cassidy, "Bomb Apologetics: Farm Hall, August 1945," 32-36; and Stanley Goldberg, "Groves and the Scientists: Compartmentalization and the Building of the Bomb," 38-43.

Physikalische Blätter, vol. 51, no.1 (January 1995) is a special issue devoted to the history of the German Physical Society. This 150th anniversary edition includes Wolfgang Schreier & Martin Franke, "Geschichte der Physikalischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin 1845-1900," F9-F59; Armin Hermann, "Die Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft 1899-1945," F61-F105; Wilhelm Walcher, "Physikalische Gesellschaften im Umbruch (1945- 1963)," F107-F133; Ernst Dreisigacker & Helmut Rechenberg, "Karl Scheel, Ernst Brüche, und die Publikationsorgane," F135-F142; Horst Nelkowski, "Die Physikalische Gesellschaft zu Berlin in den Jahren nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg," F143-F156; Dieter Hoffmann, "Die Physikalische Gesellschaft (in) der DDR," F157-F182; Theo Mayer-Kuckuk, "Das Magnus-Haus," F183-F187; Siegfried Methfessel, "Das DPG- Physikzentrum in Bad Honnef," F189-F198; Werner Buckel, "Die Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Heraeus und Else Heraeus-Stiftung," F199-F201; Horst Rollnik, "Die Stellungnahmen und Empfehlungen der DPG ein Spiegel ihrer bildungs - und wissenschaftspolitischen Aktivitäten," F203-F213; and Ingo Peschel, "Aus der Nähe gesehen Gespräche über die DPG in den vergangenen dreiáig Jahren," F215-F233.

Revue D'Histoire des Sciences, vol. 47, nos.3/4 (July/December 1994) features Yorgos Goudaroulis, "Searching for a Name: The Development of the Concept of the Critical Point (1822-1869)," 353-379; and Louis Medard, "The Scientific Work of Paul Vieille (1854-1934)," 381-404.

Science and Public Policy, vol. 22, no.1 (February 1995) includes Nicholas S. Vonortas, "New Directions for U.S. Science and Technology Policy: The View from the R&D Assessment Front," 19-28. Vol. 22, no.2 (April 1995) features Eugene B. Skolnikoff, "Evolving U.S. Science and Technology Policy in a Changing International Environment," 74-84.

Science, Technology, & Human Values, vol. 20, no.2 (Spring 1995) features Bruce V. Lewenstein, "Do Public Electronic Boards Help Create Scientific Knowledge? The Cold Fusion Case," 123-149; Steven Yearley, "From One Dependency to Another: The Political Economy of Science Policy in the Irish Republic in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century," 171-196; and Dorothea Jansen, "Convergence of Basic and Applied Research? Research Orientations in German High-Temperature Superconductor Research," 197-233.

Scientific American, vol. 272, no.5 (May 1995) features Raymond W. Schmitt, Jr., "The Ocean's Salt Fingers," 70-75; Hans A. Bethe, Kurt Gottfried & Roald Sagdeev, "Did Bohr Share Nuclear Secrets?," 85-90; and Jeremy Bernstein, "What Did Heisenberg Tell Bohr about the Bomb?," 92-97. Vol. 273, no.1 (July 1995) includes John S. Rigden, "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Before the War," 76-81. Vol. 273, no.2 (August 1995) includes Philip Morrison, "Recollections of a Nuclear War," 42-46.

Scientometrics, vol. 32, no.2 (February 1995) includes Z.J. Sampson, "Authorship Counts: 40 Years of the Physical Review and Physical Review Letters," 219-226. Vol. 32, no.3 (March/April 1995) features Liu Jinming & Shu Sizhu, "Statistical Analysis of Astronomical Papers of China during 1986-1990," 237-246.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 25, no.6 (December 1994) features Arthur Miller & Frederick W. Bullock, "Neutral Currents and the History of Scientific Ideas," 895-932; and Yuri Balashov, "Uniformitarianism in Cosmology: Background and Philosophical Implications of the Steady-State Theory," 933-958.

Technology and Culture, vol. 35, no.4 (1994) features G. Hecht, "Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in Postwar France," 657-685; and S. Hong, "Marconi and the Maxwellians: The Origins of Wireless Telegraphy," 717-749. Vol. 36, no.1 (January 1995) includes G.C. Kunkle, "Technology in the Seamless Web: Success and Failure in the History of the Electron Microscope," 80-103.


Jeremy Bernstein, "Julian [Schwinger]: 1918-1994," The American Scholar, vol. 64, no.2 (Spring 1995): 241- 246; N.U. Crooker & E.W. Cliver, "Postmodern View of M-regions," Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 99, no.A12 (December 1, 1994): 23,383-23,390; John Franch, "Storming the Gates of Heaven," Sky & Telescope, vol. 90, no.3 (September 1995):26-31; Sungook Hong, "Forging Scientific Electrical Engineering," Isis, vol. 86, no.1 (March 1995): 30-51; Dong-Won Kim, "J.J. Thomson and the Emergence of the Cavendish School, 1885-1900," British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 28, no.97 (June 1995): 191-226; Ronald Kline, "World War II: A Watershed in Electrical Engineering Education," Technology and Society, vol. 13, no.2 (Summer 1994): 17-23; Karin Knorr-Cetina, "How Superorganisms Change: Consensus Formation and the Social Ontology of High-Energy Physics Experiments," Social Studies of Science, vol. 25, no.1 (February 1995): 119-147; Diana Kormos-Barkan, "Simply a Matter of Chemistry? The Nobel Prize for 1920," Perspectives on Science, vol. 2, no.4 (1994): 357-395; J. Korringa, "Early History of Multiple Scattering Theory for Ordered Systems," Physics Reports, vol. 238, no.6 (1994): 341-360; Dominique Martin-Rovet, "The International Exchange of Scholars: The Training of Young Scientists through Research Abroad. [Part] I Young French Scientists in the United States," Minerva, vol. 33, no.1 (Spring 1995): 75-98; Donald E. Osterbrock, "Walter Baade's Discovery of the Two Stellar Populations," in P.C. van der Kruit & G. Gilmore (eds.), Stellar Populations (IAU, 1995): 21-30; Raymond W. Schmitt, "The Salt Finger Experiments of Jevons (1857) and Rayleigh (1880)," Journal of Physical Oceanography vol. 25, no.1 (January 1995): 8-17.

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