AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXI, No. 2, Fall 1999


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Steven Norton

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. 56, no. 2 (Apr. 1999) includes Robinson M. Yost, “Pondering the Imponderable: John Robinson and Magnetic Theory in Britain (c. 1775-1805),” 143-174. Vol. 56, no. 3 (July 1999) includes Guido Tagliaferri and Pasquale Tucci, “Carlini and Plana on the Theory of the Moon and their Dispute with Laplace,” 221-269.

Berichte zur Wissenschafts-Geschichte, vol. 22, no. 1 (Mar. 1999) includes Dietrich Stoltzenberg, “Die Nachfolge von August Kundt und Hermann von Helmholtz im Spiegel der Korrespondenz zwischen Emil Fisher und Friedrich Kohlrausch,” 9-18. Vol. 22. no. 2-3 (Jul. 1999) includes Hartmut Hecht, “Neue Dimensionen wissenschaftlicher Reisen im 18. Jahrhundrert. Maupertuis’ Lapplandexpedition,” 81-93; and Wolfgang J. Smoika, “Wissenschaftsförderung durch Reiseförderung. Reiseunterstützungen als Mittel der Forschungstörderung am Beispiel Bayerms im 19. Jahrhundert,” 125-134.

British Journal for the History of Science, 32, part 1, no. 112 (Mar. 1999) includes Carroll Pursell, “Domesticating Modernity: The Electrical Association for Women, 1924-86,” 47-67; and Mary Jo Nye, “Temptations of Theory, Strategies of Evidence: P. M. S. Blackett and the Earth’s Magnetism, 1947-52,” 69-92.

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 80, no. 2 (Feb. 1999) includes M. A. Lazzara et. al., “The Man Computer Interactive Data Access System: 25 Years of Interactive Processing,” 271-285. Vol. 80, no. 3 (Mar. 1999) includes D. Bray and H. von Storch, “Climate Science: An Empirical Example of Postnormal Science,” 439-455; and D. A. Randall et. al., “General Circulation Modeling: Past, Present, and Future,” (Meeting Summary) 457-462. Vol. 80, no. 7 (July 1999) includes G. K. Grice et. al., “The Golden Anniversary Celebration of the First Tornado Forecast,” 1341-1348; and N. Phillips, “Sverre Petterssen’s Autobiography,” 1433.

Cern Courier, vol. 39, no. 2 (March 1999) includes A. Bardard, “The Sun Sets on SATURNE,” 33-34. Vol. 39, no. 6 (1999) includes Mike Perricone, “How Martin Luther King Almost Came to Fermilab,” 19-21.

EOS, vol. 80, no. 4 (Jan. 26, 1999) includes Douglas R. Schmidt and Helmy Sherif, “Ernie Kanasewich (1931-1998),” 38. Vol. 80, no. 8 (Feb. 23, 1999) includes Don E. Wilhelm, “Eugene Merle Shoemaker (1928-1997),” 91. Vol. 80, no. 17 (Apr. 27, 1999) includes David A. Hill, “James R. Watt (1924-1998),” 195. Vol. 80, no. 25 (June 22, 1999) includes Thomas W. (Tommy) Thompson, “Henry (Hank) J. Moore (1928-1998),” 283-284. Vol. 80, no. 32 (Aug. 10, 1999) includes Wilfried Schörder, “Wegener’s Work Included Studies of Noctilucent Clouds, Auroras,” 357 & 361.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 29, part 2 (1999) includes Alexei Kojevnikov, “Freedom, Collectivism, and Quasiparticles: Social Metaphors in Quantum Physics,” 295-331; John Krige, “The Ford Foundation, European Physics and the Cold War,” 333-361; and Ana Simoes and Kostas Gavroglu, “Quantum Chemistry qua Applied Mathematics. The Contributions of Charles Alfred Coulson (1910-1974),” 363-406.

Irish Astronomical Journal, vol. 26, no. 2 (July 1999) includes M. T. Brück and S. Grew, “A Family of Astronomers —The Breens of Armagh,” 121-128; and A. D. Andrews, “From Hellas to Utopia,” 129-170.

ISIS, vol. 90, no. 1 (Mar. 1999) includes Abha Sur, “Aesthetics, Authority, and Control in an Indian Laboratory: The Raman-Born Controversy on Lattice Dynamics,” 25-49; and Thomas L. Hankins, “Blood, Dirt, and Nomograms: A Particular History of Graphs,” 50-80. Vol. 90, no. 2 (June 1999) includes Michael F. Conlin, “The Popular and Scientific Reception of the Foucault Pendulum in the United States,” 181-204.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 30, part 1, no. 98 (Feb. 1999) includes Thomas J. Sherrill, “A Career of Controversy: The Anomaly of T. J. J. See,” 25-50. Vol. 30, part 2, no. 99 (May 1999) includes Klaus Hentschel, “Photographic Mapping of the Solar Spectrum 1864-1900, Part I,” 93-119. Vol. 30, part 3, no. 100 (Aug. 1999) includes Klaus Hentschel, “Photographic Mapping of the Solar Spectrum 1864-1900, Part II,” 201-224; and E. Zsoldos and ZS. Lévai, “Novae' over Kiskartal,” 225-230.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 1, no. 1' (June 1998) includes Steven J. Dick, “Observation and Interpretation of the Leonid Meteors Over the Last Millennium,” 1-20; Wayne Orchiston, “Mission Impossible: William Scott and the First Sydney Observatory Directorship,” 21-43; Mary T. Brück, “Mary Ackworth Evershed née Orr (1867-1949), Solar Physicist and Dante Scholar,” 45-59; Jay M. Pasachoff, “Williams College’s Hopkins Observatory: The Oldest Extant Observatory in the United States,” 61-75; Vol. 1, no. 2 (December 1998) includes John W. Briggs and Donald E. Osterbrock, “The Challenges and Frustrations of Veteran Astronomical Optician Robert Lundin, 1880-1962,” 93-103; Hans J. Haubuold, “UN/ESA Workshops on Basic Space Science: An Initiative in the Worldwide Development of Astronomy,” 105-121; David W. Hughes, “The Historical Investigation of Cometary Brightness,” 123-133. Vol. 2, no. 1 (June 1999) includes Ian R. Bartky, Norman S. Rice, and Christine A. Bain, “'An Event of No Ordinary Interest' —The Inauguration of Albany’s Dudley Observatory,” 1-20; J. E. Kennedy, “Airy and the Survey of the Maine-New Brunswick Boundary (1843-1845),” 33-37; Jay M. Pasachoff, “Halley as an Eclipse Pioneer: His Maps and Observations of the Total Solar Eclipses of 1715 and 1724,” 39-54.

Minerva, vol. 37, no. 1 (Spring 1999) includes Brian Plane, “The ‘Sputnik Myth’ and the Dissent Over Scientific Policies Under the New Economic System in East Berlin, 1961-1964,” 45-62; and David B. McLay, “Lise Meitner and Erwin Schrödinger: Biographies of Two Austrian Physicists of Noble Stature,” 75-94. Vol. 37, no. 2 (Summer 1999) includes Carsten P. Kruek and Jutta Borchers, “Science in Politics: A Comparison of Climate Modeling Centres,” 105-123; and Jan Nolin, “Global Policy and National Research: The International Shaping of Climate Research in Four European Union Countries,” 125-140.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 53, no. 1 (Jan. 1999) includes W. E. Burcham, “The Cavendish High-Voltage Laboratory 1935-39,” 121-134; and Clifford Butler, “Reflections on Patrick Blackett (1945-1970),” 143-156. Vol. 53, no. 2 (May 1999) includes Maria Yamalidou, “John Tyndall, the Rhetoricians of Molecularity. Part One. Crossing the Boundary Towards the Invisible,” 231-242.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 1, no. 1 (March 1999) includes A. P. French, “The Strange Case of Emil Rupp,” 3-21; K. E. Johnson, “Science at the Breakfast Table,” 22-34; A. Franklin, “The Roles of Experiment,” 35-53; M. J. Crowe, “Pierre Duhem, the History and Philosophy of Physics, and the Teaching of Physics,” 54-64; A. I. Miller, “Einstein’s First Steps Toward General Relativity: Gedanken Experiments and Axiomatics,” 85-104; and A. Pais, “Robert Serber (1909-1997),” 105-109. Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1999) includes N. R. Ramsey, “Early History of Magnetic Resonance,” 123-135; M. J. Nye, “A Physicist in the Corridors of Power: P. M. S. Blackett’s Opposition to Atomic Weapons Following the War,” 136-156; S. G. Brush, “Why was Relativity Accepted?” 184-214; and K. E. Johnson and D. C. Peckham, “Alfred Romer (1906-1998),” 215-218.

Physics Today, vol. 52, no. 3 (March 1999) includes Charles H. Holbrow, “Archaeology of a Bookstack: Some Major Introductory Physics Texts of the Last 150 Years,” 50-56. Vol. 52, no. 9 (Sept. 1999) includes Gerald Holton, “I. I. Rabi as Educator and Science Warrior,” 37-42.

Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 71, no. 1 (Jan. 1999) includes J. Eades and F. J. Hartmann, “Forty Years of Antiprotons,” 373-419. Vol. 71, no. 4 (July 1999) includes R. B. Laughlin’s Nobel Lecture, “Fractional Quantization,” 863-874; Horst L. Stormer’s Nobel Lecture, “The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect,” 875-889; and Daniel C. Tsui’s Noble Lecture, “Interplay of Disorder and Interaction in Two-dimensional Electron Gas in Intense Magnetic Fields,” 891-895.

Science in Russia, vol. 3, no. 111 (1999) includes V. Vasilyev, “Russian Academy of Sciences —275th Anniversary” and “Academic Jubilee Publications,” 42-46; and V. Boreiko, “Early Environmentalist in Russia,” 59-61.

Sky & Telescope, vol. 97, no. 6 (June 1999) includes William Sheehan and Thomas Dobbins, “Charles Boyer and the Clouds of Venus,” 56-60; and Stephen James O’Meara, “The Lord of Braeside,” 94-98.

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 30B, no. 1 (1999) includes John Earman and John D. Norton, “EXORCIST XIV: The Wrath of Maxwell’s Demon. Part II. From Szilard to Landauer and Beyond,” 1-40; and B. Lautrup and H. Zinkernagel, “g - 2 and the Trust in Experimental Results,” 85-110. Vol. 30B, no. 2 (1999) includes Leo Corry, “From Mie’s Electromagnetic Theory of Matter to Hilbert’s Unified Foundations of Physics,” 159-183; and John Earman and Jean Eisenstaedt, “Einstein and Singularities,” 185-235.

Weather, vol. 54, no. 2 (Feb. 1999) includes M. Crewe, “Pen Portraits of Presidents—George Robinson,” 55-58. Vol. 54, no. 4 (Apr. 1999) includes R. J. Ogden, “Meteorologist’s Profile--Roy Murray,” 126-129. Vol. 54, no. 5 (May 1999) includes R. J. Ogden, “Meteorologist’s Profile—Charles (‘Wally’) Wallington,” 148-152. Vol. 54, no. 6 (Jun. 1999) includes J. Kington, “Meteorologist’s Profile—William Clement Ley,” 166-172.

Also: Joseph D’Agnese, “The Last Big Bang Man” [Alpher], Discover, vol. 20, no. 7 (July 1999): 60-67; John C. Behrendt, “Antarctic Science Then and Now,” Antarctic and Alpine Research, vol. 31, no. 1, (Feb. 1999): iv; Encarna Cabezas, “La teoria del clima y su funcion dentro del sistema uniformitarista de Charles Lyell,” Revista de la Sociedad Española de las Ciencias y de las Técnicas, vol. 21, no. 42 (1999): 37-49; Donald D. Clayton, “Radiogenic Iron,” Meteoritics & Planetary Science, vol. 34, no. 4 Supplement (July 1999): A145-A160; H. W. Duerbeck, D. E. Osterbrock, L. H. Barrera S. and R. Leiva G., “Halfway from La Silla to Paranal—in 1909,” The Messenger / El Mensajero, no. 95 (March 1999): 34-37; Herman Erlichson, “Ampère was not the Author of ‘Ampère’s Circuital Law’,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 67, no. 5 (May 1999): 448-450; Francisco Flores, “Einstein’s Theory of Theories and Types of Theoretical Explanation,” International Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 13, no. 2 (July 1999): 123-133; Jack Howlett, “The Atlas Computer Laboratory,” Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 21, no. 1, (Jan.-Mar. 1999) 17-23; Ryoichi Itagaki, “Einstein’s ‘Kyoto Lecture’: The Michelson-Morley Experiment,” Science, vol. 283 (5 March 1999): 1457-1458; Jennifer S. Light, “When Computers Were Women,” Technology and Culture, vol. 40, no. 3 (July 1999): 455-483; Eloina Peláez, “The Stored-Program Computer,” Social Studies of Science, vol. 29, no. 3 (June 1999): 359-389; Science, vol. 29, no. 3 (June 1999): 359-389; Burghard Weiss, “Blitze für Kernphysik und Strahlentherapie. Die Stoßspannungsexperi-mente von Brasch und Lange am Monte Generoso und bei der AEG in Berlin 1925-1935,” Technikgeschichte, vol. 66 (1999): 173-203; S. L. Wolff, “Leo Arons-Physiker und Sozialist,” Centaurus, vol. 41, no. 3 (1999): 183-212.

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