AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXI, No. 1, Spring 1999


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Stephen D. Norton

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. 56, no. 1 (Jan. 1999) includes P.W. Hunter, "An Unofficial Community: American Mathematical Statisticians before 1935," 47-68; and B. Bensaude-Vincent, "Atomism and Positivism: A Legend about French Chemistry," 81-94.

Astronomical Journal, vol. 117, no. 1 (Jan. 1999) features Owen Gingerich, "Benjamin Apthorp Gould and the Founding of the Astronomical Journal," 1-5; Marc Rothenberg, "Observers, Publications, and Surveys: Astronomy in the United States in 1849," 6-8; Dorrit Hoffleit, "The Astronomical Journal at Yale: In Context with Before and After," 9-11; and Katherine Bracher, "The Astronomical Journal: A Mirror of Astronomy," 12-16.

Cern Courier, vol. 38, no. 7, (Oct. 1998) includes Reinhard Stock, "Niels Bohr an the 20th Century," 19. Vol. 38, no. 8 (Nov. 1998) includes Leonid Shirshov, "Applied Superconductivity in Russia," 27; "Twenty-five Years of Neutral Currents," 28-30; and "25 Years of Asymptotic Freedom," 31. Vol. 39, no. 1 (Feb. 1999) includes B. Gottschalk, et al., "Synchrotron Survivor to Bow Out After 50 Years," 22-25; and Llewellyn Smith, "The Prospects for Particle Physics," 33-36.

EOS, vol. 79, no. 31 (Aug. 4, 1998) includes Koichiro Tsuruda, "Tatsundo Yamamoto (1956-1998)," 371. Vol. 79, no. 34 (Aug. 25, 1998) includes James Rodger Fleming, "Arrhenius and Current Climate Concerns: Continuity or a 100-year Gap?" 405 & 409. Vol. 79, no. 45 (Nov. 10, 1998) includes T.P. Armstrong, M.K. Bird, and I. Engle, "David Breed Beard (1922-1998)," 547. Vol. 79, no. 46 (Nov. 17, 1998) includes W. Schöder, "Geophysics Contributed to the Radical Change from Classical to Modern Physics 100 Years Ago," 559 & 562. Vol. 80, no. 3 (Jan. 19, 1999) includes Miora Mandea Alexandrescu et al., "Looking Back on a Half Century of Repeat Magnetic Measurements in France," 25-26.

Physics World, vol. 11, no. 9 (Sept. 1998) includes John Campbell, "Ernest Rutherford: Scientist Supreme," 35-40. Vol. 11, no. 12 (Dec. 1998) includes Andrew Whitaker, "John Bell and the Most Profound Discovery of Science," 29-34; and Soraya Boudia, "Marie Curie: Scientific Entrepreneur," 35-39.

Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 70, no. 2 (April 1998) includes Martin C. Gutzwiller, "Moon-Earth-Sun: The Oldest Three Body Problem," 589-639. Vol. 71, Special Issue (1999) commemorating the centenary of the American Physical Society, features reviews of the century's highlights as follows: Hans A. Bethe, "Quantum Theory," S1-S5; Hans A. Bethe, "Nuclear Physics," S6-S15; A. Pais, "Theoretical Physics," S16-S24; Val. L. Fitch, "Elementary Particle Physics: The Origins," S25-S32; George Field, "Astrophysics," S33-S40; Irwin I. Shapiro, "A Century of Astrophysics," S34-S53; Robert V. Pound, "From Radar to Nuclear Magnetic Resonance," S54-S58; W. Kohn, "An Essay on Condensed Matter Physics in the Twentieth Century," S59-S77; Daniel Kleppner, "A Short History of Atomic Physics in the Twentieth Century," S78-S84; Frank Wilczek, "Quantum Field Theory," S85-S95; Mary K. Gaillard, Paul D. Grannis, and Frank J.Scuilli, "The Standard Model of Particle Physics," S96-S111; John H. Schwarz and Nathan Seiberg, "String Theory, Supersymmetry, Unification, and All That," S112-S120; W.K.H. Panofsky and M. Breidenbach, "Accelerators and Detectors," S121-S132; V.W. Hughes and T. Kinoshita, "Anomalous g Values of the Electron and Muon," S133-S139; L. Wolfenstein, "Neutrino Physics," S140-S144; Michael S. Turner and J. Anthony Tyson, "Cosmology at the Millennium," S145-S164; James W. Cronin, "Cosmic Rays: The Most Energetic Particles in the Universe," S165-S172; Lyman Page and David Wilkinson, "Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation," S173-S179; Gary T. Horowitz and Saul A. Teukolsky, "Black Holes," S180-S186; Rainer Weiss, "Gravitational Radiation," S187-S196; Bernard Sadoulet, "Deciphering the Nature of Dark Matter," S198-S204; E.M. Henley and J.P. Schiffer, "Nuclear Physics at the End of the Century," S205-S219; Edwin E. Salpeter, "Stellar Nucleosynthesis," S220-S222; Sheldon Datz et al., "Atomic Physics," S223-S241; T. Hänsch and W. Walther "Laser Spectroscopy and Quantum Optics," S242-S252; Carl E. Wieman, David D. Pritchard, and David J. Wineland, "Atom Cooling, Trapping, and Quantum Manipulation," S253-S262; W. E. Lamb et al., "Laser Physics: Quantum Controversy in Action," S263-S273; L. Mandel, "Quantum Effects in One- and Two-Photon Interference," S274-S282; N. Bloembergen, "From Nanosecond to Femtosecond Science," S283-S287; Anton Zeilinger, "Experiment and Foundations of Quantum Physics," S288-S297; Horst L. Stormer, Daniel C. Tsui, and Arthur C. Gossard, "The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect," S298-S305; Yoseph Imry and Rolf Landauer, "Conductance Viewed as Transmission," S306-S312; J.R. Schrieffer and M. Tinkham, "Superconductivity," S313-S317; A.J. Leggett, "Superfluidity," S318-323; G. Binning and H. Rohrer, " In Touch with Atoms," S324-S330; P. Chaudhari and M.S. Dresselhaus, "Material Science," S331-S335; Michael Riordan, Lillian Hodderson, and Conyers Herring, "The Invention of the Transistor," S336-S345; Joel L. Lebowitz, "Statistical Mechanics: A Selective Review of Two Central Issues," S346-S358; H. Eugene Stanley, "Scaling, Universality, and Renormalization: Three Pillars of Modern Critical Phenomena," S358-S366; Thomas A. Witten, "Insights from Soft Condensed Matter," S367-S373; P.G. de Gennes, "Granular Material: A Tentative View," S374-S382; Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, "Fluid Turbulence," S383-S395; J.P. Gallub and J.S. Langer, "Pattern Formation in Nonequilibrium Physics," S396-S403; T.M. O Neil and F.V. Coroniti, "The Collisionless Nature of High-Temperature Plasmas," S404-S410; Dudley Herschbach, "Chemical Physics: Molecular Clouds, Clusters, and Corrals," S411-S418; Hans Frauenfelder, Peter G. Wolynes, Robert H. Austin, "Biological Physics," S419-S430; J.J. Hopfield, "Brain, Neural Networks, and Computation," S431-S437; D.M. Ceperley, "Microscopic Simulations in Physics," S438-S443; William R. Hendee, "Physics and Applications of Medical Imaging," S444-S450; Charles E. Till, "Nuclear Fission Reactors," S451-S455; T. Kenneth Fowler, "Nuclear Power Fusion," S456-S459; Sidney D. Drell, "Physics and U.S. National Security," S460-S470; R.E. Slusher, "Laser Technology," S471-S479; W.R. Brinkman and D.V. Lang, "Physics and the Communications Industry," S480-S488.

Scientific American, vol. 279, no. 4 (Oct. 1998) includes Albert E. Moyer, "Simon Newcomb: Astronomer with an Attitue," 88-93. Vol. 280, no. 3 (March 1999) includes Gennady Gorelik, "The Metamorphosis of Andrei Sakharov," 98-101.

Space Technology, vol. 18, no. 4/6 (1998) includes H.J. Haubaold and W. Wamsteker, "Worldwide Development of Astronomy: The Story of a Decade of UN/ESA Workshops on Basic Space Science," 149-156; and Xu Jianping, "The Development of Meteorological Satellite System in China," 161-168.

Studies in the History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 29B, no. 2 (June 1998) includes Francisco Flores, "Einstein's 1935 Derivation of E = mc² ," 223-243. Vol. 29B, no. 3 (Sept. 1998) includes David Kaiser, "A is just a ² : Pedagogy, Practice, and the Reconstitution of General Relativity, 1942-1975," 321-338; Jeff Hughes, " Modernists with a Vengeance : Changing Cultures of Theory in Nuclear Science, 1920-1930," 339-367; and Peter Galison, "Feynman's War: Modeling Weapons, Modeling Nature," 391-434. Vol. 29B, no. 4 (Dec. 1998) includes John Earman and John D. Norton, "Exorcist XIV: The Wrath of Maxwell's Demon. Part I. From Maxwell to Szilard," 435-471; Klaus Hentschel, "A Breakdown of Intersubjective Measurement: The Case of Solar-Rotation Measurements in the Early 20th Century," 473-507; and Jonathan Bain, "Whitehead s Theory of Gravitation," 547-574.

Technology and Culture, vol. 39, no. 4 (Oct. 1998) includes Jeffrey K. Stine and Joel A. Tarr, "At the Intersection of Histories: Technology and the Environment," 601-640; and Matthias Heyman, "Signs of Hubris: The Shaping of Wind Technology Styles in Germany, Denmark, and the United States," 461-470.

Weather, vol. 53, no. 8 (August 1998) includes R. Hankins, "Pen Portraits of Presidents: Robrt Dundas Thompson, MD, CM, FRS," 266-268. Vol. 54, no. 1 (January 1999) includes A. D. Lambert, "Pen Portraits of Presidents: Professor Sir John Knox Laughton, RN," 27-30.

Also: H.C. Bolton and Nicola H. Williams, "Scientific Instrument Makers and Dealers in Victoria, 1840-1914," Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 12, no. 1 (1999): 15-82; D.J. Carson, "Climate Modeling: Achievement and Prospects," Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. 125, no. 533 (Jan. 1999): 1-27; Gale Christianson, "Mastering the Universe," Astronomy, vol. 27, no. 2 (Feb. 1999): 60-66; Steven J. Dick, Wayne Orchiston, and Tom Love, "Simon Newcomb, William Harkness and the Nineteenth-century American Transit of Venus Expedition," Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 29, part 3, no. 96 (Aug. 1998): 221-255; Audouin Dollfus, "History of Planetary Science. The Pic du Midi Planetary Observation Project: 1941-1971," Planetary and Space Science 46 (1998): 1037-73; David H. Feedman, "Faster than a Speeding Photon," Discover, vol. 19, no. 8 (Aug. 1998): 70-79; "Robert Havermann (1910-1982)," Hyle, vol. 4, no. 2 (Nov. 1998): 163-166; Andreas Kleinert, "Die deutschsprachigen physikalischen Wörterbücher des 18. Jahrhunderts...," Das Achzenhnte Jahrhundert 22 (1998): 129-138; Robert Mathews, "Dirac's Coincidences 60 Years On," Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 39, issue 6 (Dec. 1998): 12-20; W. Orchiston, "C/1881 K1: A Forgotten Great Comet of the Nineteenth Century," Irish Astronomical Journal, vol. 26, no. 1 (Jan. 1999): 33-44.

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