AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIII, No. 2, Fall 2001


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. 69, no. 3 (March 2001) features Joseph F. Mulligan, "Emil Wiechert (1861-1928): Esteemed Seismologist, Forgotten Physicist," 277-287. Vol. 69, no. 4 (April 2001) includes Willis E. Lamb, Jr., "Super Classical Quantum Mechanics: The Best Interpretation of Nonrelativistic Quantum Mechanics," 413-422. Vol. 69, no. 8 (August 2001) includes F. E. Irons, "Poincaré's 1911-12 Proof of Quantum Discontinuity Interpreted as Applying to Atoms," 879-884.

Annalen der Physik, vol. 10, nos. 1-2 (2001) is Part II of a special issue commemorating the quantum theory centenary. Articles in this issue include D. E. Pritchard, A. D. Cronin, S. Gupta, and D. A. Komorowski, "Atomic Optics: Old Ideas, Current Technology and New Results," 35-54; J. I. Friedman, "The Discovery of Quarks," 109-121; K. Kleinknecht, "Violation of Matter-Antimatter Symmetry," 133-150; M. Eckert, "The Emergence of Quantum Schools: Munich, Göttingen and Copenhagen as New Centers of Atomic Theory," 151-162; D. Herschbach, "Molecular Beams Entwined with Quantum Theory: A Bouquet for Max Planck," 163-176; and J. S. Rigden, "The Quantization of the Atom in Three Acts," 177-186.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 55, no. 3 (2001) features J. Earman, "Lambda: The Constant That Refuses to Die," 189-220. Vol. 55, no. 5 (2001) includes A. Dahan Dalmedico, "History and Epistemology of Models: Meteorology (1946-1963) as a Case Study," 395-422.

Astronomy, vol. 29, no. 4 (April 2001) includes Jim Schefter, "When Yuri Took Flight," 36-41. Vol. 29, no. 5 (May 2001) features Richard Jakiel, "The Man Who Tracked Nebulae [E. E. Barnard]," 52-57. Vol. 29, no. 6 (June 2001) includes Robert Zimmerman, "Inside-Out Cosmology," 38-43. Vol. 29, no. 9 (September 2001) features Adam Frank, "Probing the Birth of Starlight," 38-44; and Rosemary Sullivant, "On the Road with John Dobson," 68-71.

Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 42, no. 1 (February 2001) includes Peter D. Hingley, "The First Photographic Eclipse?," 18-22. Vol. 42, no. 2 (April 2001) features Agustín Udías, "Serving God and Science," 23-24.

Centaurus, vol. 43, no. 1 (2001) features Helge Kragh, "Before Quantum Chemistry: Erich Hückel and the Physics-Chemistry Interface," 1-16. Vol. 43, no. 2 (2001) features Michael A. Day, "Oppenheimer on the Nature of Science," 73-112.

CERN Courier, vol. 41, no. 2 (March 2001) includes Keith Olive and Misha Shifman, "Glimpses of Superhistory," 19-21. Vol. 41, no. 4 (May 2001) features Jack Steinberger, "When the Bubble Chamber First Burst Onto the Scene," 24-28. Vol. 41, no. 6 (July/August 2001) includes [Editors] "Super Proton Synchrotron Marks Its 25th Birthday," 24-26.

Foundations of Physics, vol. 31, no. 4 (April 2001) is a special issue in celebration of Martin C. Gutzwiller's 75th birthday. Articles in this issue include Daniel Kleppner and John B. Delos, "Beyond Quantum Mechanics: Insights from the Work of Martin Gutzwiller," 593-612; and John S. Briggs and Jan M. Rost, "On the Derivation of the Time-Dependent Equation of Schrödinger," 693-712. Vol. 31, no. 5 (May 2001) features Marco Mamone Capria, "On the Conventionality of Simultaneity in Special Relativity," 775-818.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 31, part 2 (2001) includes Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, "The Construction of a Discipline: Materials Science in the United States," 223-248; and Elizabeth Paris, "Lords of the Ring: The Fight to Build the First U.S. Electron-Positron Collider," 355-380.

History and Technology, vol. 17, no. 2 (2000) features Ivan Vladimirovich Zavidonov, "Sputniks, Explorers and Propaganda: The Discovery of the Earth's Radiation Belts," 99-124; and Edward Jones-Imhotep, "Disciplining Technology: Electronic Reliability, Cold-War Military Culture and the Topside Ionogram," 125-175.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 32, no. 106 (February 2001) features Barbara J. Becker, "Visionary Memories: William Huggins and the Origins of Astrophysics," 43-62. Vol. 32, no. 107 (May 2001) includes Donald E. Osterbrock, "Herman Zanstra, Donald H. Menzel, and the Zanstra Method of Nebular Astrophysics," 93-108.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 4, no. 1 (June 2001) includes Nidhal Guessoun and Karim Meziane, "Visibility of the Thin Lunar Crest: The Sociology of an Astronomical Problem (A Case Study)," 1-14; David W. Hughes, "Six Stages in the History of the Astronomical Unit," 15-28; Wayne Orchiston, "The English Equatorial Mounting and the History of the Fletcher Telescope," 29-42; and Luisa Pigatto Valeria Zanini, "Spectroscopic Observations of the 1874 Transit of Venus: The Italian Party at Muddapur, Eastern India," 43-58.

Mercury, vol. 30, no. 2 (March/April 2001) includes William Sheehan, "The Historic Hunt for Moons," 23-27. Vol. 30, no. 3 (May/June 2001) features Donald E. Osterbrock, "Astronomer for All Seasons: Heber D. Curtis," 24-31.

Minerva, vol. 38, no. 4 (2000) features Peter J. Westwick, "Secret Science: A Classified Community in the National Laboratories," 363-391; and Jacob Darwin Hamblin, "Visions of International Scientific Cooperation: The Case of Oceanic Science, 1920-1955," 393-423.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 55, no. 1 (January 2001) is a special millennium issue. Articles in this issue include Sir Alan Cook, "Time and the Royal Society," 9-27; Brian J. Ford, "The Royal Society and the Microscope," 29-49; Raymond Hide, "Zenographic Longitude Systems and Jupiter's Differential Rotation," 69-79; G. E. Fogg, "The Royal Society and the South Seas," 81-103; Sir John Meurig Thomas, "Predictions," 105-117; and Sir Alan Cook, "Centenary of the NPL," 147-160. Vol. 55, no. 2 (May 2001) features I. Grattan-Guinness, "The Contributions of J.J. Sylvester, F.R.S., to Mechanics and Mathematical Physics," 253-265; Rajinder Singh and Falk Riess, "The 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics: A Close Decision?," 267-283; and B. Bleaney, "Derek Ainslie Jackson (1906-1982): Some Recollections of a Great European Spectroscopist," 285-287.

Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 48, no. 1 (January 2001) includes Aubert Daigneault and Arturo Sangalli, "Einstein's Static Universe: An Idea Whose Time Has Come Back?," 9-16. Vol. 48, no. 8 (September 2001) features G. I. Barenblatt, "George Keith Batchelor (1920-2000) and David George Crighton (1942-2000) Applied Mathematicians," 800-806.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 3, no. 1 (March 2001) features R. V. Pound, "Weighing Photons, II," 4-51; B. Bederson, "SEDs at Los Alamos: A Personal Memoir," 52-75; L. Badash, "Nuclear Winter: Scientists in the Political Arena," 76-105; and W. L. Reiter, "Stefan Meyer: Pioneer of Radioactivity," 106-127. Vol. 3, no. 2 (June 2001) includes Joseph F. Mulligan, "The Aether and Heinrich Hertz's The Principles of Mechanics Presented in a New Form," 136-164; Kostas Gavroglu, "From Defiant Youth to Conformist Adulthood: The Sad Story of Liquid Helium," 165-188; Klaus Hentschel and Gerhard Rammer, "Physicists at the University of Göttingen, 1945-1955," 189-209; and Kent W. Staley, "Lost Origins of the Third Generation of Quarks: Theory, Philosophy, and Experiment," 210-229.

Physics Today, vol. 54, no. 5 (May 2001) includes Peter Grünberg, "Layered Magnetic Structures: History, Highlights, Applications," 31-37. Vol. 54, no. 6 (June 2001) features Joseph Rotblat, "The Early Days of Pugwash," 50-55. Vol. 54, no. 7 (July 2001) includes Donald G. McDonald, "The Nobel Laureate [Bardeen] Versus the Graduate Student [Josephson]," 46-51. Vol. 54, no. 8 (August 2001) features Alex E. S. Green, "A Physicist with the Air Force in World War II [Green]," 40-44.

Sky & Telescope, vol. 102, no. 1 (July 2001) includes Richard P. Binzel, "A New Century for Asteroids," 44-51. Vol. 102, no. 3 (September 2001) features Carolyn Collins Petersen, "The Universe Through Gravity's Lens," 32-39; and Sergey Maslikov, "Amateur Astronomy in Russia: Past, Present, and Future," 66-73.

Social Studies of Science, vol. 31, no. 2 (April 2001) is a special issue on science and the Cold War. Articles in this issue include David K. van Keuren, "Cold War Science in Black and White: U.S. Intelligence Gathering and Its Scientific Cover at the Naval Research Laboratory, 1948-62," 207-229; and John Cloud, "Imaging the World in a Barrel: CORONA and the Clandestine Convergence of the Earth Sciences," 231-251.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 32B, no. 1 (March 2001) features Michel Ghins and Tim Budden, "The Principle of Equivalence," 33-51; and James Mattingly, "The Replication of Hertz's Cathode Ray Experiments," 53-75. Vol. 32B, no. 2 (June 2001) includes Henk W. De Regt, "Spacetime Visualisation and the Intelligibility of Physical Theories," 243-265; and Stephan Hartmann, "Effective Field Theories, Reductionism and Scientific Explanation," 267-304.

Technology and Culture, vol. 42, no. 1 (January 2001) includes J. Samuel Walker, "Regulating against Nuclear Terrorism: The Domestic Safeguards Issue, 1970-1979," 107-132. Vol. 42, no. 2 (April 2001) features Stuart W. Leslie, "Regional Disadvantage: Replicating Silicon Valley in New York's Capital Region," 236-264; and W. Patrick McCray, "What Makes a Failure? Designing a New National Telescope, 1975-1984," 265-291.


Leo Beranek, "Roots of the Internet: A Personal History," Massachusetts Historical Review, vol. 2 (2000): 55-75; Anna Binnie, "Australia's Atomic Conspiracy Theory," Australasian Science, vol. 22, no. 7 (August 2001): 29-31; David Colley, "Deadly Accuracy," American Heritage of Invention & Technology, vol. 16, no. 4 (Spring 2001): 44-50; Nicole de Messières, "Libby and the Interdisciplinary Aspect of Radiocarbon Dating," Radiocarbon, vol. 43, no. 1 (2001): 1-5; V. L. Ginzburg, "About Some Unscrupulous Historians of Physics," VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki [Problems in the History of Science and Technology] [in Russian] no. 4 (2000): 5-14; David Goodstein, "In Defense of Robert Andrews Millikan," American Scientist, vol. 89, no. 1 (2001): 54-60; G. A. Goncharov and L. D. Ryabev, "The Development of the First Soviet Atomic Bomb," Physics_Uspekhi, vol. 44, no. 1 (January 2001): 71-93; Gerald Holton, "Henri Poincaré, Marcel Duchamp and Innovation in Science and Art," Leonardo, vol. 34, no. 2 (2001): 127-134; Scott G. Knowles and Stuart W. Leslie, "`Industrial Versailles': Eero Saarinen's Corporate Campuses for GM, IBM, and AT&T," Isis, vol. 92, no. 1 (March 2001): 1-33; Stephen M. Maurer, "Idea Man [Fritz Zwicky]," Beamline, vol. 31, no. 1 (Winter 2001): 21-27; Nadia Robotti and Massimiliano Badino, "Max Planck and the `Constants of Nature'," Annals of Science, vol. 58, no. 2 (April 2001): 137-162; Silvan S. Schweber, "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Proteus Unbound," Physics World, vol. 14, no. 2 (February 2001): 39-46; Klaus B. Staubermann, "Tying the Knot: Skill, Judgement and Authority in the 1870s Leipzig Spiritistic Experiments [including Karl Zöllner]," British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 34, no. 120 (March 2001): 67-79; Reimund Torge, "Otto Lummer, Fritz Reiche, Mieczyslaw Wolfke und `Die Lehre von der Bildentstehung im Microskop von Ernst Abbe'," Jenaer Jahrbuch zur Techik- und Industriegeschichte, vol. 2 (2000): 24-48; and J. Lamar Worzel, "Tracing the Origins of the Lamont Geological Observatory," Eos, vol. 81, no. 46 (14 November 2000): 549-550, 553.

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