AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 2, Fall 1998


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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Annals of Science, vol. 55, no.2 (April 1998) features P. Forman, "Molecular Beam Measurements of Nuclear Moments before Magnetic Resonance. Part I: I. I. Rabi and Deflecting Magnets to 1938," 111-160; and N. Robotti & F. Pastorino, "Zeeman's Discovery and the Mass of the Electron," 161-183. Vol. 55, no.3 (July 1998) includes John L. Davis, "Artisans and Savants: The Role of the Academy of Sciences in the Process of Electrical Innovation in France, 1850-1880," 291-314.

Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences, vol. 47, no.138 (June 1997) features A. E. Ten, J. Castro Soler & J. M. López Piñero, "José Monserrat y Riutort y el primer descubrimiento de la fotograffa astronómica: las fotograffas del eclipse del sol de 1860," 3-26; Susann Puchta, "Why and How American Electrical Engineers Developed 'Heaviside's Operational Calculus'," 57-107; and Martha Cecilia Bustamante, "Blackett's Experimental Researches on the Energy of Cosmic Rays," 108-141.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 79, no.1 (January 1998) includes J. M. Lewis, "Clarifying the Dynamics of the General Circulation: Phillips's 1956 Experiment," 39-60. Vol. 79, no.6 (June 1998) features E. M. Rasmusson, "Tribute to Jerome Namias: The Pioneering Years," 1083-1087; D. R. Cayan, "Tribute to Jerome Namias: The Scripps Era," 1089-1095; and N. A. Phillips, "Carl-Gustaf Rossby: His Times, Personality, and Actions," 1097-1112. Vol. 79, no.7 (July 1998) features K. Hamilton, "Observations of Tropical Stratospheric Winds before World War II," 1367-1371; and T. N. Palmer, "Nonlinear Dynamics and Climate Change: Rossby's Legacy," 1411-1423.

Heavy Ion Physics, vol. 7, no.2 (1998) features G. Marx, "Edward Teller at Ninety," 139-153; and Y. Ne'eman, "Edward Teller, the Hungarian, American and Jew, Too," 155-165.

Internationale Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Ethik der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin, vol. 6, no.1 (1998) includes Jeffrey A. Johnson, "German Women in Chemistry, 1895-1925 (Part I)," 1-21. Vol. 6, no. 2 (1998) features Jeffrey A. Johnson, "German Women in Chemistry, 1925-1945 (Part II)," 65-90; and Reimund Torge, "Der Bau des physikalischen Instituts der Universität Breslau und seine Entwicklung unter Otto Lummer," 104-121.

Isis, vol. 89, no.1 (March 1998) features Carl-Henry Geschwind, "Embracing Science and Research: Early Twentieth-Century Jesuits and Seismology in the United States," 27-49. Vol. 89, no.2 (June 1998) includes Richard Staley, "On the Histories of Relativity: The Propagation and Elaboration of Relativity Theory in Participant Histories in Germany, 1905-1911," 263-299.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 52, no.1 (January 1998) includes J. A. Bridge, "Sir William Brooke O'Shaughnessy, M.D., F.R.S., F.R.C.S., F.S.A.: A Biographical Appreciation by an Electrical Engineer," 103-120; and Brebis Bleaney, "Centenary of the Zeeman Effect," 131-136.

Physics World, vol. 11, no.2 (February 1998) features Michael Berry, "Paul Dirac: The Purest Soul in Physics," 36-40. Vol. 11, no. 4 (April 1998) includes Andrew Brown, "Patrick Blackett: Sailor, Scientist, Socialist," 35-38.

Revista de la Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas, vol. 20, no.38 (1997) includes Gerardo Palao Poveda, "La recuperación del trabajo en equipo en la investigación quˇmica española de la post-guerra (1940-1965), a través de los Anales de la R.S.E.F.Q.," 189-215. Vol. 20, no.39 (1997) features José Altshuler, "La telegraffa sin hilos en Cuba (1899-1916)," 443-463; Nicolás Babini, "La llegada de la computadora a La Argentina," 465-490; Carmen Magallón, "Mujeres en las ciencias físico-químicas en España: el Instituto Nacional de Ciencias y el Instituto Nacional de Física y Química (1910-1936)," 529-574; Luis Navarro Veguillas, "Sobre una regla de cuantizacin de A. Einstein (1917) y su influencia en L. de Broglie," 597-622; and Joaquim Pla Brunet, "William Thomson i la Teoria Electromagnètica de la llum de Maxwell: Fonts d'inspiració i actituds de refús," 637-663.

Science & Technology Review (July/August 1998) is a special issue celebrating the 90th birthday of Edward Teller. Articles in this issue include Arnie Heller, "Still Shaking up Science Today," 6-9; Gloria Wilt (with Bart Hacker), "Gifts of a Fertile Mind," 10-21; and Katie Walter, "For the Love of Science," 22-26.

Scientific American, vol. 279, no.1 (July 1998) includes William Tobin, "Léon Foucault," 70-77. Vol. 279, no.3 (September 1998) features Eric R. Scerri, "The Evolution of the Periodic System," 78-83.

Social Studies of Science, vol. 28, no.2 (April 1998) features Léa Velho & Osvaldo Pessoa, Jr., "The Decision-Making Process in the Construction of the Synchrotron Light National Laboratory in Brazil," 195-219; and Jeroen van der Sluijs, Josée van Eijndhoven, Simon Shackley & Brian Wynne, "Anchoring Devices in Science for Policy: The Case of Consensus around Climate Sensitivity," 291-323. Vol. 28, no.3 (June 1998) includes Maggie Mort & Mike Michael, "Human and Technological 'Redundancy': Phantom Intermediaries in a Nuclear Submarine Industry," 355-400.

Weather, vol. 53, no.1 (January 1998) includes J. Insley, "Pen Portraits of Presidents--Charles Brooke, FRS," 24-26; Vol. 53, no.3 (March 1998) includes J. Burton, "Pen Portraits of Presidents--Sir Henry George Lyons," 90-92; Vol. 53, no.4 (April 1998) includes A. McConnell, "Pen Portraits of Presidents--Edward Mawley," 128-129; Vol. 53, no.7 (July 1998) features P. M. Kelly, P. D. Jones, A. Robock, and K. R. Briffa, "The Contribution of Hubert H. Lamb to the Study of Volcanic Effects on Climate," 209-222; and A. Perry & J. Mayes, "The Lamb Weather Type Catalogue," 222-229.

Others--Physics and Geophysics: [The Editors], "The Unsolved Riddle of Ettore Majorana," Cern Courier, vol. 38, no.5 (Summer 1998): 28-33; Kai-Henrik Barth, "Science and Politics in Early Nuclear Test Ban Negotiations," Physics Today, vol. 51, no.3 (March 1998): 34-39; Olivier Darrigol, "Aux confins de l'électrodynamique maxwellienne: Ions et électrons en 1897," Revue d'histoire des sciences, vol. 51, no.1 (January-March 1998): 5-34; Max Dresden, "The Klopsteg Memorial Lecture: Fundamentality and Numerical Scales--Diversity and the Structure of Physics," American Journal of Physics, vol. 66, no.6 (June 1998): 468-482; David Alan Grier, "The Math Tables Project of the WPA: The Reluctant Start of the Computing Era," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 20, no.3 (July-September 1998): 33-50; M. Hontarrède, "Meteorology and the Maritime World: 150 Years of Constructive Cooperation," Bulletin of the World Meteorological Organization, vol. 47, no.1 (January 1998): 15-26; John Hudson and Roy King, "British Landmarks in Seismology," Astronomy and Geophysics, vol. 39, no.1 (February 1998): 29-30; Nicolaas A. Rupke, "The End of History in the Early Picturing of Geological Time," History of Science, vol. 36, no. 111 (March 1998): 61-90.

Others--Astronomy and Space Sciences: Gordon Brown, "Radio astronomy and the BAA," Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol. 108, no. 1 (February 1998): 29-32; George B. Field, "Lyman Spitzer, Jr. (1914-1997)," Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 110, no. 745 (March 1998): 215-222; Herbert Friedman, "The Invisible Universe of X-rays and Gamma Rays," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 141, no.4 (December 1997): 403-416; Monique Gros, "Bernard Lyot (1897-1952)," l'Astronomie, vol. 112 (January 1998): 8-12; William K. Hartmann, "The Great Solar System Revision," Astronomy, vol. 26, no.8 (August 1998): 40-45.

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