AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVIII, No. 2, Fall 1996


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. 64, no. 4 (April 1996) includes Jacques D. Templin, "The Three-volume Sears 50 Years Later," 369-373. Vol. 64, no. 6 (June 1996) features J.M. Dudley & A.M. Kwan, "Richard Feynman's Popular Lectures on Quantum Electrodynamics," 694-698. Vol. 64, no. 7 (July 1996) includes David Derbes, "Feynman's Derivation of Schrödinger's Equation," 881-884. Vol. 64, no. 9 (September 1996) features Saul A. Teukolsky, "The Explanation of the Trouton-Noble Experiment Revisited," 1104-1109; and Juan M.R. Parrondo & Pep Español, "Criticism of Feynman's Analysis of the Ratchet as an Engine," 1125-1130.

American Scientist, vol. 84, no. 3 (May/June 1996) features Jonothan Logan, "The Critical Mass," 263-277. Vol. 84, no. 4 (July/August 1996) includes Gerald Holton, Hasok Chang & Edward Jurkowitz, "How a Scientific Discovery is Made: A Case History," 364-375.

Annals of Science, vol. 53, no. 2 (March 1996) features Robert Fox, "Thomas Edison's Parisian Campaign: Incandescent Lighting and the Hidden Face of Technology Transfer," 157-193. Vol. 53, no. 3 (May 1996) includes K. Hentschel, "Measurements of Gravitational Redshift between 1959 and 1971," 269-295. Vol. 53, no. 4 (July 1996) includes B.J. Sokol, "Poet in the Atomic Age: Robert Frost's 'That Millikan Mote' Expanded," 399-411.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 49, no. 4 (1996) includes F. Palladino & R. Tazzioli, "Le Lettre di Eugenio Beltrami nella Corrispondenza di Ernesto Cesàro," 321-353. Vol. 50, no. 1 (1996) features Gyeong Soon Im, "Experimental Constraints on Formal Quantum Mechanics: The Emergence of Born's Quantum Theory of Collision Processes in Göttingen, 1924-1927," 73-101.

British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 29, no. 100 (1996) features David Wright, "John Fryer and the Shanghai Polytechnic: Making Space for Science in Nineteenth-Century China," 1-16; and Gerrylynn K. Roberts, "C.K. Ingold at University College London: Educator and Department Head," 65-82. Vol. 29, no. 101 includes Paul Lucier, "Court and Controversy: Patenting Science in the Nineteenth Century," 139-154; Bruce J. Hunt, "Scientists, Engineers and Wildman Whitehouse: Measurement and Credibility in Early Cable Telegraphy," 155-169; and Deepak Kumar, "The 'Culture' of Science and Colonial Culture, India 1820-1920," 195-209.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 77, no. 1 (January 1996) includes J.M. Lewis, "Philip Thompson: Pages from a Scientist's Life," 107-113. Vol. 77, no. 2 (February 1996) features D. Halpern, "Visiting TOGA's Past," 233-242; and N.B. Guttman & R.G. Quayle, "A Historical Perspective of U.S. Climate Divisions," 293-303.

Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 10, no. 4 (December 1995) features H.C. Bolton & Ian D. Rae, "A Response to Intellectual Isolation: The Correspondence of W.A. Osborne and William Sutherland, 1905-1911," 323-335; A.E. Faggion, "The Australian Groundwater Controversy, 1870-1910," 337-348; J.G. Jenkin & R.W. Home, "Horace Lamb and Early Physics Teaching in Australia," 349-380; and J.P. Wild & V. Radhakrishnan, "John Gatenby Bolton, 1922-1993," 381-391.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 26, part 1 (1995) features Matthias Dörries, "Heinrich Kayser as Philologist of Physics," 1-33; Christophe Lécuyer, "MIT, Progressive Reform, and 'Industrial Service,' 1890-1920," 35-88; Peter J. Ramberg, "Arthur Michael's Critique of Stereochemistry, 1887-1899," 89-138; and Jessica Wang, "Liberals, the Progressive Left, and the Political Economy of Postwar American Science: The National Foundation Debate Revisited," 139-166. Vol. 26, part 2 (1996) includes David Cassidy, "Controlling German Science, II: Bizonal Occupation and the Struggle over West German Science Policy, 1946-1949," 197-239; and Olivier Darrigol, "The Electromagnetic Origins of Relativity Theory," 241-312.

History and Technology, vol. 13, no. 1 (1996) features Paul Ceruzzi, "From Scientific Instrument to Everyday Appliance: The Emergence of Personal Computers, 1970-77," 1-31; and Michael J. Neufeld, "Rolf Engel vs. the German Army: A Nazi Career in Rocketry and Repression," 53-72.

Irish Astronomical Journal, vol. 23, no. 2 (July 1996) features [The Editors], "A Profile of the Nobel Prizewinner from Dungarvan: Ernest T.S. Walton," 194-197; M. Zboril, "Astronomy in Slovakia: A Brief Description," 205-208; and J. Birmingham (with introduction by P. Mohr), "John Birmingham on 'Coggia's Comet. (Comet III, 1874)'," 209-214.

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 18, no. 2 (Summer 1996) is a special issue commemorating fifty years of computing. Articles include Emerson W. Pugh & William Aspray, "Creating the Computer Industry," 7-17; Arthur L. Norberg, "Changing Computing: The Computing Community and DARPA," 40-53; and John A.N. Lee, "'Those Who Forget the Lessons of History Are Doomed to Repeat It' or, Why I Study the History of Computing," 54-62.

ISIS, vol. 87, no. 1 (March 1996) includes Alexei Kojevnikov, "President of Stalin's Academy: The Mask and Responsibility of Sergei Vavilov," 18-50. Vol. 87, no. 2 (June 1996) features Richard H. Beyler, "Targeting the Organism: The Scientific and Cultural Context of Pascual Jordan's Quantum Biology, 1932-1947," 248-273.

Physics Today, vol. 49, no. 5 (May 1996) features Andrew P. Brown, "Liverpool and Berkeley: The Chadwick-Lawrence Letters," 34-40. Vol. 49, no. 8 (August 1996) includes Leo M. Hurvich, "Two Little Unknowns: A Color Exhibition and a Science Museum," 47-49. Vol. 49, no. 9 (September 1996) features Jacobus de Nobel (with introduction by Peter Lindenfeld), "The Discovery of Superconductivity," 40-42; and Anthony J.G. Hey, "Memories of Richard Feynman," 44-49.

Public Understanding of Science, vol. 5, issue 2 (April 1996) features D. Jacobi, A. Bergeron, & T. Malvesy, "The Popularization of Plate Tectonics: Presenting the Concepts of Dynamics and Time," 75-100; and C.P. Toumey, "Conjuring Science in the Case of Cold Fusion," 121-133.

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 108 (July 1996) includes Volker Weidemann, "Albrecht Unsöld (1905-1995)," 553-555; and Laurence W. Fredrick, "Peter van de Kamp (1901-1995)," 556-559.

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 37, no. 1 (March 1996) includes S.R.C. Malin, "Geomagnetism at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich," 65-74. Vol. 37, no. 2 (June 1996) features S.C.B. Gascoigne, "The Great Melbourne Telescope and other 19th-century Reflectors," 101-128; and M.G. Adam, "The Changing Face of Astronomy in Oxford (1920-60)," 153-179.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 27B, no. 1 (March 1996) features Sam Richman, "Resolving Discordant Results: Modern Solar Oblateness Experiments," 1-22; and Cathryn Carson, "The Peculiar Notion of Exchange Forces I: Origins in Quantum Mechanics, 1926-1928," 23-45.

Others: Midori Ashida, "Faulty Premise," The Sciences, vol. 36, no. 5 (September/October 1996): 15-19; Jeremy Bernstein, "The Reluctant Father of Black Holes," Scientific American, vol. 274, no. 6 (June 1996): 80-85; L. Caruana, "John von Neumann's 'Impossibility Proof' in a Historical Perspective," Physis, vol. 32 (1995): 109-124; Robin Chandler, "The Promise of Research and Development in Physics and Medicine: The Quest for SPEAR and Living with AIDS," California History, vol. 75, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 47-55; Mary R.S. Creese, "Maria Ogilvie Gordon (1864-1939)," Earth Sciences History, vol. 15, no. 1 (1996): 68-75; Ronald E. Doel, "The Lunar Volcanism Controversy," Sky & Telescope, vol. 92, no. 4 (October 1996): 26-30; C.G. Fälthammer, "Hannes Alfvén (1908-1995)," EOS, vol. 76, no. 39 (September 26, 1995): 385-387; Dieter Hoffmann, "Wider die Geistige Trennung," Deutschland Archiv, vol. 29 (July/August 1996): 525-534; S. Kamefuchi, "Summary Talk. Hiroomi Umezawa, His Physics and Research," International Journal of Modern Physics, vol. 10, nos. 13 & 14 (June 30, 1996): 1807-1819; Wolfgang König, "Science-Based Industry or Industry-Based Science? Electrical Engineering in Germany before World War I," Technology and Culture, vol. 37, no. 1 (January 1996): 70-101; Gordon E. Moore, "Intel Memories and the Microprocessor," Daedalus, vol. 125, no. 2 (Spring 1996): 55-80; Jay M. Pasachoff, Roberta J.M. Olson & Martha L. Hazen, "The Earliest Comet Photographs: Usherwood, Bond, and Donati 1858," Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 27, no. 87 (May 1996): 129-145; Dhruv Raina, "Reconfiguring the Centre: The Structure of Scientific Exchanges Between Colonial India and Europe," Minerva, vol. 34, no. 2 (Summer 1996): 161-176; Henk W. de Regt, "Philosophy and the Kinetic Theory of Gases," British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, vol. 47, no. 1 (March 1996): 31-62; F. Reines, "The Neutrino: From Poltergeist to Particle," Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 68, no. 2 (April 1996): 317-327; Raymond W. Schmitt, "Why Didn't Rayleigh Discover Salt Fingers?," Geophysical Monographs, vol. 94 (1995): 3-10; William Sheehan, "E.E. Barnard's Magnificent Milky Way," Astronomy, vol. 24, no. 6 (June 1996): 32-39; Jennifer Tann, "Space, Time and Innovation Characteristics: The Contribution of Diffusion Process Theory to the History of Technology," History of Technology, vol. 17 (1995): 143-164; Victor l'Vov & Itamar Procaccia, "Turbulence: A Universal Problem," Physics World, vol. 9, no. 8 (August 1996): 35-40; Bastiaan Willink, "On the Structure of a Scientific Golden Age: Social Change, University Investment and Germany's Discontinuous Rise to 19th Century Scientific Hegemony," Berichte zur Wissenschafts-geschichte, vol. 19, no. 1 (March 1996): 35-49.

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