AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXII, No. 1, Spring 2000


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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American Heritage of Invention & Technology, vol. 13, no. 1 (Summer 1997) includes Joyce E. Bedi, “The Man Who Stopped Time” [Harold Edgerton], 34-41. Vol. 14, no. 4 (Spring 1999) includes I. Bernard Cohen, “Father of the Computer Age” [Howard Aiken], 56-63. Vol. 15, no. 1 (Summer 1999) features T. A. Heppenheimer, “How the Soviets Didn’t Beat Us to the Moon,” 10-18. Vol. 15, no. 3 (Winter 2000) includes Jeff Hecht, “How We Became Wired—With Glass,” 44-53.

American Scientist, vol. 88, no. 1 (January-February 2000) includes R. E. Taylor, “Fifty Years of Radiocarbon Dating,” 60-67. Vol. 88, no. 2 (March-April 2000) includes Erica G. Klarreich, “Foams and Honeycombs,” 152-161.

Astronomy, vol. 27, no. 10 (October 1999) features James Glanz, “Accelerating the Cosmos,” 44-51. Vol. 27, no. 11 (November 1999) features Keay Davidson, “Carl Sagan’s Coming of Age,” 40-45. Vol. 28, no. 1 (January 2000) includes Marcia Bartusiak, “Underground Astronomer” [Raymond Davis], 64-67. Vol. 28, no. 3 (March 2000) includes James Trefil, “Reaching for the Sun,” 70-74.

Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 40, no. 1 (February 1999) includes John L. Hunt, “The Handlers of Time,” 23-27. Vol. 40, no. 4 (August 1999) features Holly Henry, “Eclipse Madness, 1927,” 17-19. Vol. 40, no. 5 (October 1999) features Magda Vargha and Zoltán Kolláth, “The First Century of Konkoly Observatory,” 17-20.

British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 32, part 4 (December 1999) features Richard J. Noakes, “Telegraphy is an Occult Art: Cromwell Fleetwood Varley and the Diffusion of Electricity to the Other World,” 421-459; and Andrew Hull, “War of Words: The Public Science of the British Scientific Community and the Origins of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1914-16,” 461-481.

Centaurus, vol. 41, no. 1-2 (1999) is a special issue focusing on the development of new energy systems in the later half of the 20th century. Articles include E. V. D. Vleuten, “Constructing Centralized Electricity Supply in Denmark and the Netherlands: An Actor Group Perspective,” 3-36; J. A. C. Lagaaij, “Different Visions of Power. The Introduction of Nuclear Power in the Netherlands 1955-1970,” 37-63; H. Nielsen, K. Nielsen, F. Petersen and H. Siggaard, “Risø and the Attempts to Introduce Nuclear Power into Denmark,” 64-92; M. Heymann, “A Fight of Systems? Wind Power and Electric Power Systems in Denmark, Germany, and the USA,” 112-136; G. P. J. Verbong, “Wind Power in the Netherlands, 1970-1995,” 137-160; and K. H. Nielsen, “Interpreting Wind Power vs. the Electronic Power System: A Danish Case-Study,” 161-177. Vol. 41, no. 4 (1999) includes J. Berger, “Grenzegange zwischen Physik und Chemie: Thermodynamik und Chemische Kinetik _ Kein Happy-End im 19. Jahrhundert,” 253-279.

Cern Courier, vol. 39, no. 7 (September 1999) includes “K for KLOE and Z for Zweig,” 32-33. Vol. 39, no. 10 (December 1999) features [PS Staff, CERN] “40 Years of CERN’s Proton Synchrotron,” 15-18; and “Silver Celebration for Swiss Pions,” 27-28. Vol. 40, no. 1 (January/February 2000) features Frank Close, “The Electron Century,” 15-17.

Earth Sciences History, vol. 17, no. 2 (1998) features Peter H. Schultz, “Shooting the Moon: Understanding the History of Lunar Impact Theories,” 92-110; Mott T. Greene, “Alfred Wegener and the Origin of Lunar Craters,” 111-138; Joanne Bourgeois and Steven Koppes, “Robert S. Dietz and the Recognition of Impact Structures on Earth,” 139-156; Steven D’Hondt, “Theories of Terrestrial Mass Extinction by Extraterrestrial Objects,” 157-173; H. S. Torrens, “‘No Impact’: René Gallant (1906-1985) and his Book of 1964 Bombarded Earth (An Essay on the Geological and Biological Effects of Huge Meteorite Impacts),” 174-189; and William Glen, “A Manifold Current Upheaval in Science,” 190-209.

Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 12, no. 2 (1999) includes Wayne Orchiston, “Amateur-Professional Collaboration in Australian Science: The Earliest Astronomical Groups and Societies,” 163-182. Vol. 12, no. 3 (1999) features John Jenkin, “Henry Herman Leopold Adolph Brose: Vagaries of an Extraordinary Australian Scientist,” 287-312.

IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 21, no. 3 (July-September 1999) features Sergei P. Prokhorov, “Computers in Russia: Science, Education, and Industry,” 4-15. Vol. 21, no. 4 (October-December 1999) includes Saul I. Gass, “Project Mercury’s Man-in-Space Real-Time Computer System,” 37-48; James R. Harris, “The Earliest Solid-State Digital Computers,” 49-54; Louis C. Brown, “Flyable TRADIC,” 55-61; and Friedrich W. Kistermann, “Leo Wenzel Pollak (1888-1964),” 62-68. Vol. 22, no. 1 (January-March 2000) includes John A. N. Lee, “Howard Aiken’s Third Machine: The Harvard Mark III Calculator or Aiken-Dahlgren Electronic Calculator,” 62-81.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 30, no. 101 (November 1999) includes Richard A. Jarrell, “J. S. Plaskett and the Modern Large Reflecting Telescope,” 359-390. Vol. 31, no. 102 (February 2000) features Michael Feast, “Stellar Populations and the Distance Scale: The Baade_Thackeray Correspondence,” 29-36.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 2, no. 2 (December 1999) features Virginia Trimble, “A Century of Drivers of Astronomical Progress,” 81-86; and Heino Eelsalu, “The Rise and Fall of Small Astronomical Observatories: A Case Study Dorpat/Tartu Observatory,” 111-123.

Mercury, vol. 28, no. 1 (January/February 1999) includes Don Nicholson and Scott W. Teare, “Life on the Mountain: An Astronomical Family Scrapbook of Mount Wilson Observatory,” 22-27. Vol. 28, no. 4 (July/August 1999) features Brenda Culbertson, “Refurbishing a Dream” [Telescopes], 11-15. Vol. 28, no. 6 (November/December 1999) features Virginia Trimble, “99 Things about the Last 100 Years of Astronomy,” 16-23.

Minerva, vol. 37, no. 3 (Autumn 1999) features Roy MacLeod, “Secrets among Friends: The Research Information Service and the `Special Relationship’ in Allied Scientific Information and Intelligence, 1916-1918,” 201-233; and Christopher P. Twomey, “The McNamara Line and the Turning Point for Civilian Scientist-Advisers in American Defense Policy, 1966-1968,” 235-258.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 53, no. 3 (September 1999) features Maria Yamalidou, “John Tyndall, the Rhetorician of Molecularity. Part Two. Questions Put to Nature,” 319-331; Brebis Bleaney, “A Century of Physics in Oxford,” 333-343; and Robert S. Anderson, “Patrick Blackett in India: Military Consultant and Scientific Intervenor, 1947-72. Part Two,” 345-360.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 1, no. 3 (October 1999) features G. Holton, “R. A. Millikan’s Struggle with the Meaning of Planck’s Constant,” 231-237; M. Eckert, “Mathematics, Experiments, and Theoretical Physics: The Early Days of the Sommerfeld School,” 238-252; J. Goodstein, “A Conversation with Hans Bethe,” 253-281; K. Hentschel, “The Culture of Visual Representations in Spectroscopic Education and Laboratory Instruction,” 282-327; and M. L. Goldberger, “Enrico Fermi (1901-1954): The Complete Physicist,” 328-336. Vol. 1, no. 4 (December 1999) includes J. F. Mulligan, “Heinrich Hertz and Philipp Lenard: Two Distinguished Physicists, Two Disparate Men,” 345-366; L. Gerward, “Paul Villard and his Discovery of Gamma Rays,” 367-383; and B. Friedrich, “The KLMN of X-Ray Spectroscopy: Dolejšek’s Discovery of the N Series,” 384-389.

Physics Today, vol. 52, no. 10 (October 1999) features Engelbert L. Schucking, “Jordan, Pauli, Politics, Brecht, and a Variable Gravitational Constant,” 26-31. Vol. 53, no. 2 (February 2000) features Allan Franklin, “The Road to the Neutrino,” 22-28.

Physics World, vol. 12, no. 11 (November 1999) features John S. Rigden, “Isidor Isaac Rabi: Walking the Path of God,” 27-31; and Dianne Stilwell, “Frederick Guthrie: A Man of Action,” 33-35.

La Recherche, no. 323 (September 1999) features Edouard Bard, “La Datation au Carbone 14 fait peau neuve,” 52-56. No. 326 (December 1999) is a special issue on Einstein’s brain. Articles include Sandra F. Witelson, Debra L. Kigar, and Thomas Harvey, “L’exceptionnel cerveau d’Einstein,” 31-35; Nicolas Chevassus-au-Louis, “Plus de quarante ans dans un carton,” 37-39; and Olivier Robain, “Une inquiétante malformation,” 39-41. Other articles in this issue include Dominique Pestre, “Entre tour d’ivoire et Silicon Valley,” 54-58; and Nicolas Witkowski, “J. -B. Biot: un homme, une météorite,” 60-61.

Reviews of Modern Physics, vol. 71, no. 5 (October 1999) features J. G. Dash, “History of the Search for Continuous Melting,” 1737-1743. Vol. 72, no. 1 (January 2000) features Lochlainn O’Raifeartaigh and Norbert Straumann, “Gauge Theory: Historical Origins and Some Modern Developments,” 1-23.

Scientific American, vol. 280, no. 1 (January 1999) includes Lawrence M. Krauss, Cosmological Antigravity,” 52-59. Vol. 280, no. 5 (May 1999) includes Eugene Eric Kim and Betty Alexandra Toole, “Ada and the First Computer,” 76-81.

Sky & Telescope, vol. 98, no. 5 (November 1999) includes Thomas R. Williams, “Telescopes, Marriages, and Mars: The Life of John E. Mellish,” 84-88. Vol. 98, no. 6 (December 1999) features James Ulvestad and Miller Goss, “Radio Astronomy’s Resolution Machine: The Very Long Baseline Array,” 36-46. Vol. 99, no. 1 (January 2000) features André Heck, “Where the Astronomers Are: A Stagnant Century,” 32-35; and Virginia Trimble, “Looking Backward: Themes of 20th Century Astronomy,” 50-57.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 30B, no. 3 (September 1999) features Olivier Darrigol, “Baconian Bees in the Electromagnetic Fields: Experimenter-Theorists in Nineteenth-Century Electrodynamics,” 307-345; and Orly R. Shenker, “Maxwell’s Demon and Baron Munchausen: Free Will as a Perpetuum Mobile,” 347-372. Vol. 30B, no. 4 (December 1999) features J. Lacki, H. Ruegg, and V. L. Telegdi, “The Road to Stueckelberg’s Covariant Perturbation Theory as Illustrated by Successive Treatments of Compton Scattering,” 457-518; and Xiang Chen, “Instrumental Unification: Optical Apparatus in the Unification of Dispersion and Selective Absorption,” 519-542.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 30A, no. 1 (March 1999) includes Stephen G. Brush, “Dynamics of Theory Change in Chemistry: Part 1. The Benzene Problem, 1865-1945,” 21-79. Vol. 30A, no. 2 (June 1999) includes Stephen G. Brush, “Dynamics of Theory Change in Chemistry: Part 2. Benzene and Molecular Orbitals, 1945-1980,” 263-302.

VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki [Problems in the History of Science and Technology], Moscow, no. 1 (1999) includes Yu. I. Soloviev, “Akademik S. I. Vavilov: drama russkogo intelligenta” [Academician S. I. Vavilov: The Drama of a Russian Intellectual], 132-156. No. 4 includes v.k. Novik, “Akademik Frants Epinus (1724-1802: biograficheskaia khronika” [Academician Franz Aepinus (1724-1802): A Biographical Chronicle], 4-35; Yu. N. Ranyuk, “L. D. Landau i L. M. Piatigorskii” [L. D. Landau and L. M. Piatigorskii], 79-91; and V. V. Vorobiev, “Lev Landau i ‘antosovetskaia zabastovka fizikov’,” [Lev Landau and the ‘Physicists’ Anti-Soviet Strike’], 92-101.

OthersPhysics and Geophysics: Samuel Derman, “Albert Einstein’s Personal Papers: A Physics Teaching Resource,” Physics Education, vol. 35, no. 1 (January 2000): 69-74; Paul and Josette Fournier, “Hasard ou mémoire dans la découverte de la radioactivité?,” Revue d’histoire des sciences, vol. 52, no. 1 (January-March 1999): 51-79; M. Galliot, “Les Débuts de la Climatologie en Haute-Vienne,” La Météorologie, vol. 8, no. 26 (June 1999): 35-43; G. E. Gorelik, A. B. Kozhevnikov, “Chto spaslo fiziku ot lysenkovaniia? Dialog” [What saved physics from a pogrom a la Lysenko? A Dialogue], Priroda no. 5 (1999): 95-104; Wick C. Haxton and Barry R. Holstein, “Neutrino Physics,” American Journal of Physics, vol. 68, no. 1 (January 2000):15-32; Fritz Krafft, “Das Reisen ist des Chemikers Lust—auf den Spuren Robert Bunsens. Zu Robert Wilhelm Bunsens 100. Todestag,” Berichte zur Wissenschafts-Geschichte, vol. 22, no. 4 (December 1999): 217-238; Robert Kunin, “Six Decades of Ion Exchange Technology,” Chemical Heritage, vol. 17, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 8-9, 36-41; Derek Lovejoy, “Objectivity, Causality and Ideology in Modern Physics,” Science & Society, vol. 63, no. 4 (Winter 1999-2000): 433-458; E. Michaud, “Meteorologist’s Profile—Charles Meldrum,” Weather, vol. 55, no. 1 (January 2000): 15-17; T. N. Narasimhan, “Fourier’s Heat Conduction Equation: History, Influence, and Connections,” Reviews of Geophysics, vol. 37, no. 1 (February 1999): 151-172; Russell Olwell, “Physical Isolation and Marginalization in Physics: David Bohm’s Cold War Exile,” Isis, vol. 90, no. 4 (December 1999): 738-756; Joseph Poindexter, “One Amazing Century of Science,” Discover, vol. 21, no. 1 (January 2000): 51-62; and V. P. Vizgin, “Yadernyi shchit v `tridtsatiletnei voine’ fizikov s nevezhestvennoi kritikoi sovremennykh fizicheskikh teorii” [The “Nuclear shield” in Russian physicists’ Thirty Years’ War against incompetent criticism of modern physical theories], Uspekhi Fizicheskikh Nauk, vol. 169 (1999): 1363-1389.

OthersAstronomy and Space Sciences: B. Donn, “Adventures in the Unknown: A Path of Astronomical Research and Discovery,” Planetary and Space Science, vol. 47, no. 8/9 (August/September 1999): 1163-1170; Daniel Kennefick, “Star Crushing: Theoretical Practice and the Theoreticians’ Regress,” Social Studies of Science, vol. 30, no. 1 (February 2000): 5-40; John Krige, “Crossing the Interface from R&D to Operational Use: The Case of the European Meteorological Satellite,” Technology and Culture, vol. 41, no. 1 (January 2000): 27-50; David P. Stern, “Remembering Robert Goddard’s Vision 100 Years Later,” EOS, vol. 80, no. 38 (September 21, 1999): 441; and Virginia Trimble, “Can’t You Keep Einstein’s Equations out of My Observatory? _ Part II,” Beamline, vol. 29, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 21-25.

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