AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXV , No. 2, Fall 2003


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Tanya Levin

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. 60, no. 2 (April 2003) includes Antoni Malet, "Kepler and the Telescope," 107-136. Vol. 60, no. 3 (July 2003) features Buhm Soon Park, "`The Hyperbola of Quantum Chemistry': The Changing Practice and Identity of a Scientific Discipline in the Early Years of Electronic Digital Computers, 1945-1965," 219-248.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 57, no. 1 (January 2003) includes Shaul Katzir, "The Discovery of the Piezoelectric Effect," 61-91. Vol. 57, no. 4 (May 2003) features Bruce Pourciau, "Newton's Argument for Proposition 1 of the Principia," 267-311, and J. Bruce Brackenridge, "Newton's Easy Quadratures `Omitted for the Sake of Brevity,'" 313-336. Vol. 57, no. 5 (July 2003) includes A.E.L. Davis, "The Mathematics of the Area Law: Kepler's Successful Proof in Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae (1621)," 355-393, and Helge Kragh, "Magic Number: A Partial History of the Fine-Structure Constant," 395-431.

The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 36, no. 1 (March 2003) features David N. Livingstone, "Science, Religion and the Geography of Reading: Sir William Whitla and the Editorial Staging of Isaac Newton's Writings on Biblical Prophecy," 27-42. Vol. 36, no. 2 (June 2003) includes Ron Naylor, "Galileo, Copernicanism and the Origins of the New Science of Motion," 151-181, and Rienk Vermij, "The Formation of the Newtonian Philosophy: The Case of the Amsterdam Mathematical Amateurs," 183-200.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 59, no. 1(Jan/Feb 2003) includes William Bur and Jeffrey Kimball, "Nixon's Nuclear Play," 28-37. Vol. 59, no. 2 (March/April 2003) includes Dan Stober, "No Experience Necessary," 56-63. Vol. 59, no. 3 (May/June 2003) features Peter Hayes and Nina Tannenwald, "Nixing Nukes in Vietnam," 52-59, and Arjun Makhijani, "Nuclear Targeting: The First 60 Years," 60-65. Vol. 59, no. 4 (July/August 2003) includes Berjt Carlsen, "How Ulam Set the Stage," 46-51.

Centaurus, vol. 44, no. 3-4 (2002) features M. Nakane and C.G. Fraser, "The Early History of Hamilton-Jacobi Dynamics 1834-1837," 161-227, and J.R. Christianson, "The Legacy of Tycho Brahe," 228-247.

CERN Courier, vol. 43, no. 4 (May 2003) includes Daniel Denegri, "When CERN Saw the End of the Alphabet," 26-30. Vol. 43, no. 5 (June 2003) features Shawna Williams, "The Ring on the Parking Lot," 16-18. Vol. 43, no. 6 (July/August 2003) includes "The Legacy of the Bubble Chamber," 19-20.

Endeavour, vol. 27, no. 1 (March 2003) includes Volker R. Remmert, "In the Sign of Galileo: Pictorial Representation in the 17th-Century Copernican Debate," 26-31.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 33, no. 2 (2003) includes Seiya Abiko, "On Einstein's Distrust of the Electromagnetic Theory: The Origin of the Light-Velocity Postulate," 193-216, Joseph-James Ahern, "'We Had the Hose Turned on Us!': Ross Gunn and the Naval Research Laboratory's Early Research into Nuclear Propulsion, 1939-1946," 217-236, Laura A. Bruno, "The Bequest of the Nuclear Battlefield: Science, Nature, and the Atom During the First Decade of the Cold War," 237-260, H.M. Collins, "LIGO Becomes Big Science," 261-298, Arne Schirrmacher, "Experimenting Theory: The Proofs of Kirchhoff's Radiation Law Before and After Planck," 299-336, Stefan L. Wolff, "Physicists in the `Krieg der Geister': Wilhelm Wien's `Proclamation,'" 337-368, Chen-Pang Yeang, "The Study of Long-Distance Radio-Wave Propagation, 1900-1919," 369-404.

History and Technology, vol. 19, no. 2 (2003) features Stephen Twigge, "A Baffling Experience: Technology Transfer, Anglo-American Nuclear Relations, and the Development of the Gas Centrifuge, 1964-1970," 151-163.

History of Science, vol. 41, part 2, no. 132 (June 2003) includes Helge Kragh and Robert W. Smith, "Who Discovered the Expanding Universe?," 141-162, and Katrina Dean, "Inscribing Settler Science: Ernest Rutherford, Thomas Laby and the Making of Careers in Physics," 217-240.

ISIS, vol. 94, no. 1 (March 2003) includes Catherine Westfall, "Rethinking Big Science: Modest, Mezzo, Grand Science and the Development of the Bevalac, 1971-1993," 30-56.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 34, part 1, no. 114 (Feb. 2003) features Michael Hoskin, "Herschel's 40 ft. Reflector: Funding and Functions," 1-32. Vol. 34, part 2, no. 115 (May 2003) includes Simon Olling Rebsdorf, "Bengt Strömgren: Growing Up with Astronomy, 1908-1932," 171-200.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 6, no. 1 (June 2003) includes Donald E. Osterbrock, "Don Hendrix, Master Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories Optician," 1-12, Gilbert E. Satterthwaite, "Airy's Zenith Telescopes and `the Birth-Star of Modern Astronomy,'" 13-26, Mary T. Brück, "An Astronomer Calls: Extracts from the Diaries of Charles Piazzi Smyth," 37-45, and Mary T. Brück, "The C41/ICHA Transits of Venus Working Group 2: Lord Lindsay's Transit of Venus Expedition to Mauritius 1874," 64.

Notes and Records of The Royal Society of London, vol. 57, no. 1 (2003) features R.W. Jones "Dalton's Unfortunate Choice," 15-33, J.S. Rowlinson, "Le Sage's Essai de Chymie Méchanique," 35-45, and N.N. Greenwood and J.A. Spink, "An Antipodean Laboratory of Remarkable Distinction," 85-105.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 5, no. 1 (2003) includes A. Schirrmacher, "Planting in his Neighbor's Garden: David Hilbert and Early Göttingen Quantum Physics," 4-20, H. Goenner, "Albert Einstein and Friedrich Dessauer: Political Views and Political Practice," 21-66, L. Hoddeson and A. Kolb, "Vision to Reality: From Robert R. Wilson's Frontier to Leon M. Lederman's Fermilab," 67-86, and B. Bederson, "Physics and New York City," 87-121. Vol. 5, no. 2 (2003) features R.H. March, "Physics at the University of Wisconsin: A History," 130-149, G. Hon, "From Propagation to Structure: The Experimental Technique of Bombardment as a Contributing Factor to the Emerging Quantum Physics," 150-173, and J.R. Goodstein, "A Conversation with Lee Alvin DuBridge - Part I," 174-205.

Physics Today, vol. 56, no. 7 (July 2003) includes Lawrence Badash, "Marie Curie: In the Laboratory and on the Battlefield," 37-43. Vol. 56, no. 8 (August 2003) includes Spencer Weart, "The Discovery of Rapid Climate Change," 30-37.

Physics-Uspekhi, vol. 46, no. 4 (April 2003) features S.K. Betyaev "On the History of Fluid Dynamics: Russian Scientific Schools in the 20th Century," 405-432.

Physics World, vol. 16, no. 1 (Jan. 2003) includes Gary Taubes, "Carlo Rubbia and the Discovery of the W and Z," 23-28. Vol. 16, no. 3 (March 2003) includes Hugh Huxley, "The Cavendish Laboratory and DNA," 29-36.

Science in Context, vol. 16, no. 1/2 (June 2003) includes Silvan S. Schweber, "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Proteus Unbound," 219-242, and Cathryn Carson, "Objectivity and the Scientist: Heisenberg Rethinks," 243-269.

Science & Education, vol. 12, (2003) includes Gerald Holton, "What Historians of Science and Science Educators Can Do for One Another," 603-616.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 34 A, no. 2 (June 2003) features Paolo Palmeri, "Mental Models in Galileo's Early Mathematization of Nature," 229-264, and Maria Rosa Antognazza, "Leibniz and the Post-Copernican Universe. Koyré Revisted," 309-327.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 34 B, no. 2 (June 2003) includes Peter Holland and Harvey R. Brown, "The Non-relativistic Limits of the Maxwell and Dirac Equations: The Role of Galilean and Gauge Invariance," 161-187, Steven French, "Scribbling on the Blank Sheet: Eddington's Structuralist Conception of Objects," 227-259, Michael Stöltzner, "The Principle of Least Action as the Logical Empiricist's Shibboleth," 285-318, and E.B. Davies, "Quantum Mechanics Does Not Require the Continuity of Space," 319-328. Vol. 34 B, no. 3 (Sept. 2003) features Charles H. Bennett, "Notes on Landauer's Principle, Reversible Computation, and Maxwell's Demon," 501-510.

Technology and Culture, vol. 44, no. 1 (Jan. 2003) includes Frank N. Laird, "Constructing the Future: Advocating Energy Technologies in the Cold War." Vol. 44, no. 2 (April 2003) features Thomas C. Lassman, "Industrial Research Transformed: Edward Condon at the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, 1935-1942."

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