AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIV , No. 2, Fall 2002


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. 59, no. 1 (January 2002) includes Robert H. Kargon and Scott G. Knowles, "Knowledge for Use: Science, Higher Learning, and America's New Industrial Heartland, 1880-1915," 1-20. Vol. 59, no. 2 (April 2002) features David Philip Miller, "`Distributing Discovery' between Watt and Cavendish: a Reassessment of the Nineteenth-Century `Water Controversy'," 149-178. Vol. 59, no. 3 (July 2002) includes Bruno Carazza and Nadia Robotti, "Explaining Atomic Spectra within Classical Physics: 1897-1913," 299-320.

Astronomy, vol. 30, no. 1 (January 2002) features Tony Ortega, "Red Scare at Harvard," 42-47; and Lucy Jago, "The Making of an Aurora," 72-77. Vol. 30, no. 4 (April 2002) includes Steve Nadis, "Cosmic Inflation Comes of Age," 27-32. Vol. 30, no. 7 (July 2002) includes C. Renée James, "Edward [Pickering] and Mina [Fleming]," 46-50. Vol. 30, no. 9 (September 2002) features David J. Eicher, "Beyond Cosmos," 34-39.

Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 42, no. 4 (August 2001) includes Ragbir Bhathal, "Women Astronomers in Australia," 29-30. Vol. 43, no. 1 (February 2002) features John McFarland, "Dreyer's Sesquicentennial," 22. Vol. 43, no. 4 (August 2002) features John D. Barrow, Cosmology: A Matter of All and Nothing," 8-15.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 58, no. 2 (March/April 2002) includes Duane Bratt, "Canada's Nuclear Schizophrenia," 44-50. Vol. 58, no. 3 (May/June 2002) features William Sweet, "The Bohr Letters: No More Uncertainty," 20-27.

CERN Courier, vol. 42, no. 1 (January/February 2002) includes Elisabetta Durante Romano, "The INFN Marks Half a Century of Research," 26-28. Vol. 42, no. 3 (April 2002) features Gordon Fraser, "How U.S. Physicists First Came to Work at CERN," 13-15. Vol. 42, no. 4 (May 2002) features Gordon Fraser, "How CERN Became Popular with U.S. Physicists," 15-17. Vol. 42, no. 5 (June 2002) includes Wolfgang Kummer, "Victor Weisskopf: Looking Back on a Distinguished Career," 28-31. Vol. 42, no. 6 (July/August 2002) features Gordon Fraser, "The Biology of Physics," 13-14.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 32, part 1 (2001) includes Robert P. Crease, "Anxious History: The High Flux Beam Reactor and Brookhaven National Laboratory," 41-56; John Krige, "Felix Bloch and the Creation of a `Scientific Spirit' at CERN," 57-69; Stuart W. Leslie, "Blue Collar Science: Bringing the Transistor to Life in the Lehigh Valley," 71-113; Ulf Von Rauchhaupt, "Colorful Clouds and Unruly Rockets: Early Research Programs at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics," 115-124; Michael Riordan, "A Tale of Two Cultures: Building the Superconducting Super Collider, 1988-1993," 125-144; Robert W. Seidel, "The National Laboratories of the Atomic Energy Commission in the Early Cold War," 145-162; and Catherine Westfall, "Collaborating Together: The Stories of TPC, UA1, CDF, and CLAS," 163-178.

History and Technology, vol. 17, no. 3 (2001) includes Sylvia Katharine Kraemer, "Federal Intellectual Property Policy and the History of Technology: The Case of NASA Patents," 183-216; and Helen M. Rozwadowski, "Technology and Ocean-Scape: Defining the Deep Sea in Mid-Nineteenth Century," 217-247. Vol. 18, no. 1 (March 2002) features Joanna S. Ploeger, "The Art of Science at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory: The Rhetoric of Aesthetics and Humanism in the National Laboratory System in the Late 1960s," 23-49. Vol. 18, no. 2 (June 2002) includes Sabine Höhler, "Depth Records and Ocean Volumes: Ocean Profiling by Sounding Technology, 1850-1930," 119-154.

ISIS, vol. 93, no. 1 (March 2002) features Jacob Darwin Hamblin, "The Navy's `Sophisticated' Pursuit of Science: Undersea Warfare, the Limits of Internationalism, and the Utility of Basic Research, 1945-1956," 1-27. Vol. 93, no. 2 (June 2002) includes David Kaiser, "Nuclear Democracy: Political Engagement, Pedagogical Reform, and Particle Physics in Postwar America," 229-268.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 33, no. 110 (February 2002) includes Michael Hoskin, "The Leviathan of Parsontown [Rosse's reflecting telescope]: Ambitions and Achievements," 57-70. Vol. 33, no. 111 (May 2002) is a special issue commemorating Donald H. Menzel. Articles in this issue include Donald E. Osterbrock, "Young Don Menzel's Amazing Adventures at Lick Observatory," 95-118; David DeVorkin, "Menzel at Princeton," 119-131; David Layzer, "Atoms, Stars, and Nebulae: Remembering Donald H. Menzel," 133-138; Jay M. Pasachoff, "Menzel and Eclipses," 139-156; Thomas J. Bogdan, "Donald Menzel and the Beginnings of the High Altitude Observatory," 157-192; and Ruth Prelowski Liebowitz, "Donald Menzel and the Creation of the Sacramento Peak Observatory," 193-211.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 5, no. 1 (June 2002) features Wayne Orchiston and Bruce Slee, "Ingenuity and Initiative in Australian Radio Astronomy: The Dover Heights `Hole-in-the-Ground' Antenna," 21-34; and Adrián Brunini and Octavio Ismael Miloni, "The Contribution of José Luis Sérsic to Celestial Mechanics," 35-40.

Mercury, vol. 30, no. 5 (September/October 2001) includes Marcia Bartusiak, "Pas de Deux [binary neutron stars]," 17-22. Vol. 31, no. 4 (July/August 2002) features Donald E. Osterbrock, "Walter Baade: Master Observer," 32-41.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 56, no. 1 (January 2002) features B. Bleaney, "Two Oxford Science Professors, F. Soddy and J.S.E. Townsend," 83-88; J.N. Murrell and N. Grobert, "The Centenary of Einstein's First Scientific Paper," 89-94; and P. Day, "Molecular Magnets: The Prehistory," 95-103. Vol. 56, no. 2 (May 2002) includes R. Sharp, "Some Final Thoughts of Sir John Herschel, F.R.S.," 183-186; and G.V.R. Born, "The Wide-Ranging Family History of Max Born," 219-262.

Osiris, vol. 16 (2001) is entitled Science in Theistic Contexts. Articles in this issue include Michael J. Crowe, "Astronomy and Religion (1780-1915): Four Case Studies Involving Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life," 209-226; and Bernard Lightman, "Victorian Sciences and Religions: Discordant Harmonies," 343-366.

Perspectives on Science, vol. 9, no. 1 (Spring 2001) includes Kelly Hamilton, "Some Philosophical Consequences of Wittgenstein's Aeronautical Research," 1-37. Vol. 9, no. 2 (Summer 2001) features Christoph Hoffmann, "The Design of Disturbance: Physics Institutes and Physics Research in Germany, 1870-1910," 173-195.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 4, no. 1 (February 2002) features E. McMullin, "The Origins of the Field Concept in Physics," 13-39; A. Franklin, "William Wilson and the Absorption of Beta Rays," 40-77; and R. Jackiw and A. Shimony, "The Depth and Breadth of John Bell's Physics," 78-116. Vol. 4, no. 2 (May 2002) includes C.A. Gearhart, "Planck, the Quantum, and the Historians," 170-215; and S. D'Agostino, "From Rational Numbers to Dirac's Bra and Ket: Symbolic Representation of Physical Laws," 216-229.

Physics Today, vol. 55, no. 6 (June 2002) is a special issue entitled Portraits of Fermi. Articles in this issue include Hans A. Bethe with Henry Bethe, "Enrico Fermi in Rome, 1931-32," 28-29; Silvan S. Schweber, "Enrico Fermi and Quantum Elecrodynamics, 1929-32," 31-36; Valentine L. Telegdi, "Enrico Fermi in America," 38-43; and Roy Glauber, "An Excursion with Enrico Fermi, 14 July 1954," 44-46. Vol. 55, no. 8 (August 2002) features Eugen Merzbacher, "The Early History of Quantum Tunneling," 44-49.

Physics-Uspekhi, vol. 45, no. 1 (January 2002) features I.I. Sobel'man, "On the Theory of Light Scattering in Gases," 75-80; and E.L. Fe nberg, "The Forefather (About Leonid Isaakovich Mandelstam," 81-100. Vol. 45, no. 4 (April 2002) is a special issue celebrating the 40th anniversary of the discovery of high-density silica (stishovite). Included in this issue is S. M. Stishov, "The Discovery Story," 433-435.

Physics World, vol. 15, no. 1 (January 2002) includes Jacques Flouquet and Alexandre Buzdin, "Ferromagnetic Superconductors," 41-46. Vol. 15, no. 5 (May 2002) features Hitoshi Murayama, "The Origin of Neutrino Mass," 35-39. Vol. 15, no. 6 (June 2002) features Alexei Kojevnikov, "Lev Landau: Physicist and Revolutionary," 35-39. Vol. 15, no. 8 (August 2002) includes Helge Kragh, "Paul Dirac: Seeking Beauty," 27-31; and Robert Marc Friedman, "Quantum Theory and the Nobel Prize," 33-38.

Science in Context, vol. 14, no. 3 (Autumn 2001) includes Jutta Schickore, "The Task of Explaining Sight Helmholtz's Writings on Vision as a Test Case for Models of Science Popularization," 397-417; David Jalal Hyder, "Physiological Optics and Physical Geometry," 419-456; and Gerhard Heinzmann, "The Foundations of Geometry and the Concept of Motion: Helmholtz and Poincaré," 457-470.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 33B, no. 1 (March 2002) features Katherine A. Brading, "Which Symmetry? Noether, Weyl, and Conservation of Electric Charge," 3-22; Asher Peres, "Karl Popper and the Copenhagen Interpretation," 23-34; and Helge Kragh and Simon Rebsdorf, "Before Cosmophysics: E.A. Milne on Mathematics and Physics," 35-50. Vol. 33B, no. 2 (June 2002) includes Jeroen Van Dongen, "Einstein and the Kaluza-Klein Particle," 185-210; Laurie M. Brown, "The Compton Effect as One Path to QED," 211-249; and Alexander Pechenkin, "The Concept of Self-Oscillations and the Rise of Synergetics Ideas in the Theory of Nonlinear Oscillations," 269-295.

VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki [Problems in the History of Science and Technology] [in Russian] no. 1 (2001) features M. Walker (translated by I.A. Belozerova, afterword by E.I. Kolchinskii), "Science under National Socialism," 3-30; I.S. Dmitriev, "Scientific Discovery in Statu Nascendi: The Case of Mendeleev's Periodic Law," 31-82; and A.A. Kas'ian and S.M. Ponomarev, "Provincial Echo of Great Disturbances: The Case of G.S. Gorelik at Gorky State University," 97-110.

Others: Ioannis E. Antoniou, "Caratheodory and the Foundations of Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics," Foundations of Physics, vol. 32, no. 4 (April 2002): 627-641; David Berlinski, "Einstein and Gödel," Discover, vol. 23, no. 3 (March 2002): 38-43; Cathryn Carson and Michael Gubser, "Science Advising and Science Policy in Post-War West Germany: The Example of the Deutscher Forschungsrat," Minerva, vol. 40, no. 2 (2002): 147-179; O. Darrigol, "Between Hydrodynamics and Elasticity Theory: The First Five Births of the Navier-Stokes Equation," Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 56, no. 2 (January 2002): 95-150; Phillip Deery, "Scientific Freedom and Post-war Politics: Australia, 1945-55," Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 1 (2000): 1-18; Kostas Gavroglu and Ana Simões, "Preparing the Ground for Quantum Chemistry in Great Britain: The Work of the Physicist R.H. Fowler and the Chemist N.V. Sidgwick," British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 35, no. 125 (June 2002): 187-212; Salvatore Matteo Giacomuzzi, Gerhard Holzmüller, and Gerhard Huemer, "Ettore Majorana (1906-1938). Eine Bestandsaufnahme 64 Jahre nach seinem Verschwinden," Berichte zur Wissenschafts-Geschichte, vol. 25, no. 2 (June
2002): 137-148; Peter Groenewegen and Lois Peters, "The Emergence and Change of Materials Science and Engineering in the United States," Science, Technology, & Human Values, vol. 27, no. 1 (Winter 2002): 112-133; Allyn Jackson, "The IAS School of Mathematics," Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 49, no. 8 (September 2002): 896-904; Andreas Kitzmann, "Pioneer Spirits and the Lure of Technology: Vannevar Bush's Desk, Theodor Nelson's World," Configurations, vol. 9, no. 3 (Fall 2001): 441-459; John Perlin, "Solar Power: The Slow Revolution," American Heritage of Invention & Technology, vol. 18, no. 1 (Summer 2002): 20-25; Binyamin Pinkus, "Atomic Power to Israel's Rescue: French-Israeli Nuclear Cooperation, 1949-1957," Israel Studies, vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring 2002): 104-138; William Sheehan and Thomas A. Dobbins, "Lowell and the Spokes of Venus," Sky & Telescope, vol. 104, no. 1 (July 2002): 99-103; Ruth Lewin Sime, "Lise Meitner: A 20th Century Life in Physics," Endeavour, vol. 26, no. 1 (March 2002): 27-31; Rajinder Singh, "Sir C.V. Raman and His Contacts with Hungarian Scientists," Indian Journal of History of Science, vol. 37, no. 2 (June 2002): 175-191; Hugh R. Slotten, "Satellite Communications, Globalization, and the Cold War," Technology and Culture, vol. 43, no. 2 (April 2002): 315-350; Steven Weinberg, "La physique peut-elle tout explique?," La Recherche, no. 349 (January 2002): 25-31; C.M.W. Wilson, "Meteorologist's ProfileBalfour Stewart, FRS," Weather, vol. 57, no. 4 (April 2002): 139-143; Haruyo Yoshida, "Aikitu Tanakadate and the Controversy over Vertical Electrical Currents in Geomagnetic Research," Earth Sciences History, vol. 20, no. 2 (2001): 156-177.

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