AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXVI , No. 2, Fall 2004


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Babak Ashrafi

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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The August 2004 issue of The American Journal of Physics, vol. 72, no. 8 contains "Reappraising Einstein's 1909 Application of Fluctuation Theory to Planckian Radiation" by F.E. Irons.

Volume 44, no. 7 of The CERN Courier (2004) contributes to the celebrations of CERN's 50th birthday with "Computing at CERN: the Mainframe Era" by Chris Jones.

Hans Bethe writes "My Life in Astrophysics" in the September 2003 issue of Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 41.

Ernest D. Courant shares his recollections, called "Accelerators, Colliders, and Snakes" in the December 2003 issue of Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, volume 53.

The September 2004 issue of Discover magazine anticipates the 2005 centenary with articles including "Einstein [In a Nutshell]" by Michio Kaku; "A Tangled Life" by Brad Lemley; "Einstein's Gift for Simplicity" by Thomas Levenson; "Einstein's Grand Quest for a Unified Theory" by Tim Folger; "Einstein's Lonely Path" by Lee Smolin; "Tinker, Thinker, Inventor of the Modern World" by David Bodanis; "No Mere Genius" by Walter Isaacson, and "The Master's Mistakes" by Karen Wright, among other well-illustrated articles.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences includes in its March 2004, volume 34, no. 2 issue "Scientific Discovery in statu nascendi: The Case of Dmitrii Mendeleev's Periodic Law" by Igor S. Dmitriev; "Organized Criticism of Einstein and Relativity in China" by Danian Hu; "The SIRIO satellite, 1968-1977: Between Scientific Engagement and Managerial Inexperience" by Lucia Orlando, as well as "Project Vista, Caltech, and the Dilemmas of Lee DuBridge" by former AIP postdoc W. Patrick McCray.

Asif Siddiqi writes about "Deep Impact: Robert Goddard and the Soviet `Space Fad' of the 1920s" in the June 2004 issue of History and Technology, volume 20, no. 2.

The Indian Journal of History of Science contains S.F. Tuan's "Dirac and Heisenberg in Hawaii" in volume 38, no. 1 (2003).

The second part of L. A. Currie's "The Remarkable Metrological History of Radiocarbon Dating" appears in the March-April 2004 issue of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, volume 109, no. 2.

Philip Gissing writes about "Britain and the H-Bomb" in Minerva, volume 42, no. 3 (September 2004).

Physics in Perspective, volume 6, no. 2 (June 2004) contains "Ellen Gleditsch: Pioneer Woman in Radiochemistry" by Annette Lykknes, Helge Kragh, and Lise Kvittingen; "AdA:The First Electron-Positron Collider" by Carlo Bernardini; "A Conversation with Frank Press" by Judith R. Goodstein; and "Heike Kamerlingh Onnes: Master of Experimental Technique and Quantitative Research" by Simón Reif-Acherman. Alberto A. Martínez (a recipient of an AIP Grant-in-Aid) writes about "Ritz, Einstein, and the Emission Hypothesis" in issue no. 1 of that volume (April 2004), which also contains "Enrico Fermi's Discovery of Neutron-Induced Artificial Radioactivity: The Recovery of His First Laboratory Notebook" by Giovanni Acocella, Francesco Guerra and Nadia Robotti; and "Early Gravity-Wave Detection Experiments, 1960-1975" by James L. Levine.

John Krige contributes "I. I. Rabi and the Birth of CERN" to the September 2004 issue of Physics Today.

Physics World joins the CERN celebrations in its September 2004 issue with "CERN at 50: the Highlights" by Peter Rodgers.

Physics Uspekhi volume 47, no. 2 (2004) contains "Creation and Development of Bohr's Theory (On the 90th Anniversary of the Bohr Theory of the Atom)" by V.P. Milant'ev, while no. 6 of the same volume offers "How Were the Hilbert and Einstein Equations Discovered?" by A.A. Logunov, M.A. Mestvirishvili and V.A. Petrov.

Research Policy volume 31, number 5 (July 2002) includes "The Organization of Scientific Collaboration" by Ivan Chompalov, Joel Genuth and Wesley Shrum.

Science and Education, volume 13, no. 3 (April 2004) has two articles about understanding and teaching history of science that are relevant to the history of physics: "Pseudohistory and Pseudoscience" by Douglas Allchin, and "Comments on the Epistemological Shoehorn Debate" by Stephen G. Brush.

Science in Context, volume 16, nos. 1 and 2 (2003) are about "Scientific Personae and Their Histories," with "Harmonious Investigators of Nature: Music and the Persona of the German Naturforscher in the Nineteenth Century" by Myles W. Jackson; "J. Robert Oppenheimer: Proteus Unbound" by Silvan S. Schweber, and "Objectivity and the Scientist: Heisenberg Rethinks" by Cathryn Carson. Volume 17 (2004) has "Hermann Weyl's Analysis of the `Problem of Space' and the Origin of Gauge Structures" by Erhard Scholz; and "Early Developments of Nonlinear Science in Soviet Russia: The Andronov School at Gor'kiy" by Amy Dahan Dalmedico.

Science, Technology & Human Values, vol. 29, no. 3 (2004) considers two aspects of the nuclear risk, with "Transformation Discourse: Nuclear Risk as a Strategic Tool in Late Soviet Politics of Expertise" by Sonja D. Schmid; and "Uncertainty and Regulation: The Rhetoric of Risk in the California Low-Level Radioactive Waste Debate" by Louise Wells Bedsworth.

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