AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXIX, No. 1, Spring 1997


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. 53, no. 5 (September 1996) includes S. Hong, "Styles and Credit in Early Radio Engineering: Fleming and Marconi on the First Transatlantic Wireless Telegraphy," 431-465; and P.M.C. Dias, "William Thomson and the Heritage of Caloric," 511-520. Vol. 53, no. 6 (November 1996) features B. Carazza & N. Robotti, "The First Molecular Models for an Electromagnetic Theory of Dispersion and Some Aspects of Physics at the End of the Nineteenth Century," 587-607; and G. Holmberg, "Mechanizing the Astronomer´s Vision: On the Role of Photography in Swedish Astronomy, c. 1800-1914," 609-616. Vol. 54, no. 1 (January 1997) includes A.N. Stranges, "The US Bureau of Mines´ Synthetic Fuel Programme, 1920s-1950s: German Connections and American Advances," 29-68.

British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 29, no. 102 (September 1996) features Hannah Gay, "Invisible Resource: William Crookes and His Circle of Support, 1871-81," 311-336; and Richard J. Howarth, "Sources for a History of the Ternary Diagram," 337-356.

CERN Courier, vol. 36, no. 6 (September 1996) includes John Poole, "Half a Century of Synchrotrons," 10-15. Vol. 36, no. 7 (October 1996) includes [The Editors], "A Quarter Century of Hadron Colliders," 9-13.

Chemistry in Britain, vol. 32, no. 2 (February 1996) features Steve Miller, "Keep the Candle Burning," 39-41. Vol. 32, no.6 (June 1996) includes Sir Rex Richards, "Magnetic Moments in NMR," 33-36.

Dimensions, vol. 10, no. 2 (1996) is a special issue on science and the Third Reich. Articles include Mark Walker, "Science Under National Socialism," 3-9; Alan Beyerchen, "The Purge of Scientists in the Third Reich," 11-14; David Cassidy, "German Scientists and the Nazi Atomic Bomb," 15-22; and Joseph W. Slade, "Rockets and Rationalization: Science and Technology in Nazi Germany and Thomas Pynchon," 39-44.

History of Science, vol. 34, no. 105 (September 1996) features Nicolaas A. Rupke, "Eurocentric Idealogy of Continental Drift," 251-272; and Sean F. Johnston, "Making Light Work: Practices and Practitioners of Photometry," 273-302.

Hyperfine Interactions, vol. 100 (1996) features H. de Waard, "Bernie Deutch: A Friend in Physics, a Friend for Life," 9-13; and H.L. Nielsen, "Bernhard Irwin Deutch (born 29 September 1929, died 7 September 1994)," 15-21. Vol. 103 (1996) includes R.S. Hayano, "Antiprotonic Helium Atoms: A Historical Account," 311-319.

ISIS, vol. 87, no. 3 (September 1996) includes Helen M. Rozwadowski, "Forging a Scientific Maritime Culture for Oceanography," 409-429. Vol. 87, no.4 (December 1996) features Stephen G. Brush, "The Reception of Mendeleev´s Periodic Law in America and Britain," 595-628.

Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 102, no. A2 (February 1, 1997) features Tamara K. Breus, "An Unforgettable Personality [Konstantin Iosifovich Gringauz]," 2027-2034; and R.A. Heelis, "William B. Hanson 1923-1994: A Retrospective," 2035-2038.

Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol. 106, no. 2 (April 1996) includes E.T.H. Teague, "Carrington´s Method of Determining Sunspot Positions," 82-85; and J.N. Brown, "The Barnett Observatory," 101-102. Vol. 106, no. 4 (August 1996) features Mary T. Brück, "Mary Somerville, Mathematician and Astronomer of Underused Talents," 201-206; and Richard Baum, "William Lassell and 'The Accident of a Maid-Servant´s Carelessness´," 217-219. Vol. 106, no. 5 (October 1996) includes R.A. Marriott, "The Life and Legacy of G.H. With, 1827-1904," 257-264; and Allan Chapman, "Sir John Herschel and the Leeds Astronomical Society," 252.

Philosophical Magazine B, vol. 74, no. 5 (November 1996) commemorates David Pines and forty-five years of many-body theory. Articles in this special issue include M. Gell-Mann, "Reminiscences," 431-34; and C.P. Slichter et al., "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Spins: Some History, Ancient and in the Making," 545-561.

Physics Education, vol. 31, no. 2 (March 1996) includes B.H. Stuart, "Women in Nuclear Science," 116-120. Vol. 31, no.3 (May 1996) features R. Lambourne, "Interview with Jocelyn Bell Burnell," 183-186.

Physics Today, vol. 49, no. 10 (October 1996) commemorates fifty years of computers and physics. Articles in this issue include Alfred E. Brenner, "The Computing Revolution and the Physics Community," 24-30; and Robert W. Seidel, "From Mars to Minerva: The Origins of Scientific Computing in the AEC Labs," 33-39. Vol. 49, no. 11 (November 1996) is a special issue entitled New Light on Early Soviet Bomb Secrets. Featured in this issue are Thomas Reed & Arnold Kramish, "Trinity at Dubna," 30-35; Herbert Friedman, Luther B. Lockhart & Irving H. Blifford, "Detecting the Soviet Bomb: Joe-1 in a Rain Barrel," 38-41; and German A. Goncharov, "Thermonuclear Milestones: (1) The American Effort; (2) Beginnings of the Soviet H-Bomb Program; and (3) The Race Accelerates," 44-61. Vol. 50, no. 1 (January 1997) includes Spencer R. Weart, "The Discovery of the Risk of Global Warming," 34-40. Vol. 50, no. 2 (February 1997) features Albert D. Wheelon, "Corona: The First Reconnaissance Satellites," 24-30.

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 108 (September 1996) includes K.I. Kellermann, "John Gatenby Bolton (1922-1993)," 729-737. Vol. 108 (November 1996) includes Helmut A. Abt, "How Long Are Astronomical Papers Remembered?," 1059-1061. Vol 108 (December 1996) is a special issue on the scale of the universe debate. Articles include Owen Gingerich, "The Scale of the Universe: A Curtain Raiser in Four Acts and Four Morals," 1068-1072; and Virginia Trimble, "H0: The Incredible Shrinking Constant 1925-1975," 1073-1082.

The Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 37, no. 3 (September 1996) includes K.D. Abhyankar, "Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Rayleigh Scattering in the Study of the Planetary Atmospheres," 281-295; J.L. Hunt, "James Glaisher FRS (1809-1903) Astronomer, Meteorologist and Pioneer of Weather Forecasting: 'A Venturesome Victorian´," 315-347; R.J. Tayler, "E.A. Milne (1896-1950) and the Structure of Stellar Atmospheres and Stellar Interiors," 355-363; and G.J. Whitrow, "E.A. Mline and Cosmology," 365-367. Vol. 37, no. 4 (December 1996) features J.N. McKie, "John Tindale (1878-1969) and the Genesis of the Radio-Telescope," 663-681; P.T. Wlasuk, "'So Much for Fame!´: The Story of Lewis Swift," 683-707; and J.L. Hunt, "J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, ScD (1848-1928)," 743-757.

La Recherche, vol. 290 (September 1996) features Philippe Breton, "Le premier ordinateur copiait le cerveau humain," 80-83. Vol. 291 (October 1996) includes Pascal Richet, "La radioactivité, le Soleil, la Terre et la mort de Kelvin," 78-83. Vol. 293 (December 1996) features Pierre Billaud, "Comment la France a fait sa bombe H," 74-78.

Science as Culture, vol. 5, no. 24 (1996) includes Larry Owens, "Vannevar Bush: An Engineer Builds a Book," 373-399; and Michael Bryson, "Antarctic Interfaces: Science, Human Subjectivity, and the Case of Richard E. Byrd," 431-458.

Sky & Telescope, vol. 93, no. 1 (January 1997) features John E. Bortle, "Great Comets in History," 44-50. Vol. 93, no. 2 (February 1997) includes Roy A. Gallant, "Sikhote-Alin: 50 Years Later," 50-53.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 27B, no. 2 (June 1996) includes Cathryn Carson, "The Peculiar Notion of Exchange Forces--II: From Nuclear Forces to QED, 1929-1950. Vol. 27B, no. 3 (September 1996) features George Gale & Niall Shanks, "Methodology and the Birth of Modern Cosmological Inquiry," 279-296; and Brigitte Falkenburg, "The Analysis of Particle Tracks: A Case for Trust in the Unity of Physics," 337-371. Vol. 28, no. 1 (March 1997) includes José A. Díez, "A Hundred Years of Numbers. An Historical Introduction to Measurement Theory 1887-1990. Part I: The Formation Period. Two Lines of Research: Axiomatics and Real Morphisms, Scales and Invariance," 167-185.

Vistas in Astronomy, vol. 40, part 2 (1996) features Jose Carlos del Toro Iniesta, "On the Discovery of the Zeeman Effect on the Sun and in the Laboratory," 241-256; and John McFarland, "Kenneth Essex Edgeworth--Victorian Polymath and Founder of the Kuiper Belt?," 343-354.

Others: Neil Baldwin, "The Lesser Known Edison," Scientific American, vol. 276 (February 1997): 62-67; Michael Carlowicz, "Lehmann Was at the Core of Studies of Earth´s Interior," EOS, vol. 78, no. 2 (January 14, 1997): 13; P. Choquard & F. Steiner, "The Story of Van Vleck´s and Morette-Van Hove´s Determinants," Helvetica Physica Acta, vol. 69 (December 1996): 636-654; Henry Etzkowitz, "Conflicts of Interest and Commitment in Academic Science in the United States," Minerva, vol. 34, no. 3 (Autumn 1996): 259-277; Gabrielle Hecht, "Rebels and Pioneers: Technocratic Idealogies and Social Identities in the French Nuclear Workplace, 1955-69," Social Studies of Science, vol. 26, no. 3 (August 1996): 483-530; Yuli Khariton, Viktor Adamskii, & Yuri Smirnov, "The Way it Was," The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 52, no. 6 (November/December 1996): 53-59; E.H. Lieb, "Some of the Early History of Exactly Soluble Models," International Journal of Modern Physics B, vol. 11, nos. 1&2 (January 20, 1997): 3-10; Paul D. Lowman, Jr., "Twelve Key 20th-Century Discoveries in the Geosciences," Journal of Geoscience Education, vol. 44, no. 5 (November 1996): 485-502; Donald E. Osterbrock, "Walter Baade, Observational Astrophysicist, (2): Mount Wilson 1931-1947," Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 27, no. 89 (November 1996): 301-348; William Sheehan, "The Red Planet´s Colorful Past," Astronomy, vol. 25, no. 3 (March 1997): 44-49; Edward Teller, "Recollections about Eugene Paul Wigner," Heavy Ion Physics, vol. 3, nos. 1-2 (1996):1-3; Catherine Westfall & Lillian Hoddeson, "Thinking Small in Big Science: The Founding of Fermilab, 1960-1972," Technology and Culture, vol. 37, no. 3 (July 1996): 457-492.

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