AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIII , No. 1, Spring 2001


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. 16, no. 2 (Fall 2000) includes Robert Zimmerman, "Telstar," 10-17. Vol. 16, no. 3 (Winter 2001) features T. A. Heppenheimer, "What Edward Teller Did," 34-44.

Annalen der Physik, vol. 9, no. 8 (2000) includes Yu Shi, "Early Gedanken Experiments Revisited," 637-648. Vol. 9, nos. 11-12 (2000) is a special issue commemorating the quantum theory centenary. Articles in this issue include M. Cardona, "Phonons: The Second Type of Quantum Excitations Discovered," 865-870; W. Schnell, "Particle Accelerators," 927-935; J. T. Cushing, "The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics through 1935," 939-950; O. Darrigol, "Continuities and Discontinuities in Planck's Akt der Verzweiflung," 951-960; H. Kragh, "Relativity and Quantum Theory from Sommerfeld to Dirac," 961-974; and R. H. Stuewer, "The Compton Effect: Transition to Quantum Mechanics," 975-989.

Annals of Science, vol. 57, no. 4 (October 2000) includes Helge Kragh, "The Chemistry of the Universe: Historical Roots of Modern Cosmochemistry," 353-368. Vol. 58, no. 1 (January 2001) features Peter J. Ramberg and Geert J. Somsen, "The Young J. H. van't Hoff: The Background to the Publication of His 1874 Pamphlet on the Tetrahedral Carbon Atom, Together with a New English Translation," 51-74.

Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, vol. 34 (1996) includes Evry Schatzman, "The Desire to Understand the World," 1-34. Vol. 35 (1997) features Charles H. Townes, "A Physicist Courts Astronomy," xiii-xliv. Vol. 36 (1998) features H. C. van de Hulst, "Roaming Through Astrophysics," 1-16. Vol. 37 (1999) includes A. G. W. Cameron, "Adventures in Cosmogony," 1-36; Brian Robinson, "Frequency Allocation: The First Forty Years," 65-96; K. J. Johnston and Chr. de Vegt, "Reference Frames in Astronomy," 97-125; and Allan Sandage, "The First 50 Years at Palomar: 1949-1999: The Early Years of Stellar Evolution, Cosmology, and High-Energy Astrophysics," 445-486. Vol. 38 (2000) includes Donald E. Osterbrock, "A Fortunate Life in Astronomy," 1-33; and George Wallerstein and J. B. Oke, "The First 50 Years at Palomar, 1949-1999. Another View: Instruments, Spectroscopy and Spectrophotometry," 79-111.

Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, vol. 25 (1997) features S. Epstein, "The Role of Stable Isotopes in Geochemistries of All Kinds," 1-21. Vol. 27 (1999) includes Carolyn S. Shoemaker, "Ups and Downs in Planetary Science," 1-17.

Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science, vol. 46 (1996) includes Sam Treiman, "A Life in Particle Physics," 1-30. Vol. 47 (1997) features J. Steinberger, "Early Particles," xiii-xlii. Vol. 49 (1999) features J. David Jackson, "Snapshots of a Physicist's Life," 1-33. Vol. 50 (2000) includes Vernon W. Hughes, "Various Researches in Physics," i-xxxvii.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences, vol. 54, no. 4 (2000) includes J. Lacki, "The Early Axiomatizations of Quantum Mechanics: Jordan, von Neumann and the Continuation of Hilbert's Program," 279-318. Vol. 54, no. 5 (2000) includes A. Hessenbruch, "Rutherford's 1901 Experiment on Radiation Energy and His Creation of a Stable Detector," 403-420. Vol. 55, no. 1 (2000) features H. Kragh and B. Carazza, "Classical Behavior of Macroscopic Bodies from Quantum Principles: Early Discussions," 43-56.

Astronomy, vol. 28, no. 11 (November 2000) includes James Trefil, "Putting Stars in Their Place," 62-67. Vol. 29, no. 1 (January 2001) features James Trefil, "Discovering Cosmic Rays," 36-39.

Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 41, no. 5 (October 2000) features Helen Walker, "A Brief History of Infrared Astronomy," 10-13; and Derek Jones, "The Scientific Value of the Carte du Ciel," 16-20.

Beamline, vol. 30, no. 2 (Summer/Fall 2000) is a special issue on the quantum centenary. Articles include Cathryn Carson, "The Origins of the Quantum Theory," 6-19; and Charles H. Townes, "The Light that Shines Straight," 20-28.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 56, no. 6 (November/December 2000) is a special issue on government secrecy. Articles include Peter J. Westwick, "In the Beginning," 43-49. Vol. 57, no. 1 (January/February 2001) includes Richard Moore, "Where Her Majesty's Weapons Were," 58-64.

Cern Courier, vol. 40, no. 6 (July/August 2000) includes John Bahcall and Raymond Davis, "The Beginning of a New Science [Neutrino Astronomy]," 17-21. Vol. 40, no. 7 (September 2000) features Maurice Jacob, "Wolfgang Pauli: Never to be Excluded," 30-32. Vol. 40, no. 9 (November 2000) includes Liz Seubert, "Four Decades in the Proton Stronghold," 29-30.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 31, part 1 (2000) features Seiya Abiko, "Einstein's Kyoto Address: `How I Created the Theory of Relativity'," 1-35; Elisabeth Crawford, "German Scientists and Hitler's Vendetta Against the Nobel Prizes," 37-53; and David H. Devorkin, "Who Speaks for Astronomy? How Astronomers Responded to Government Funding After World War II," 55-92.

Irish Astronomical Journal, vol. 27, no. 1 (January 2000) features W. Orchiston, "John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales: A Pioneer Southern Hemisphere Variable Star Observer," 47-54; A. D. Andrews, "Record of a Notable 19th Century Telescope," 55-64; and M. T. Brück, "Bue Island 1851, A Clouded-Out but Unique Eclipse Expedition," 91-94.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 31, no. 105 (November 2000) includes David H. DeVorkin, "Quantum Physics and the Stars (V): Physicists at Mount Wilson Prior to 1922," 301-321; and Klaus Staubermann, "The Trouble with the Instrument: Zöllner's Photometer," 323-338.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 3, no. 2 (December 2000) features Ian R. Bartky, "Chicago's Dearborn Observatory: A Study in Survival," 93-114; Hermann A. Brück, "Recollections of Life as a Student and a Young Astronomer in Germany in the 1920s, with an Introduction by M. T. Brück," 115-129; and Patricia S. Whitesell, "Nineteenth-century Longitude Determinations in the Great Lakes Region: Government-University Collaboration," 131-157.

Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol. 41, no. 6 (June 2000) is a special issue on the past and future of mathematical physics. Articles in this issue include Jerrold E. Marsden, Tudor S. Ratiu and Jürgen Scheurle, "Reduction Theory and the Lagrange-Routh Equations," 3379-3429; W. Hunziker and I. M. Sigal, "The Quantum N-body Problem," 3448-3510; Barry Simon, "Schrödinger Operators in the Twentieth Century," 3523-3555; R. F. Streater, "Classical and Quantum Probability," 3556-3603; Detlev Buchholz and Rudolf Haag, "The Quest for Understanding in Relativistic Quantum Physics," 3674-3697; Carlo Rovelli, "The Century of the Incomplete Revolution: Searching for General Relativistic Quantum Field Theory," 3776-3800; Bert Schroer, "Particle Physics and Quantum Field Theory at the Turn of the Century: Old Principles with New Concepts," 3801-3831; Daniel Kastler, "Noncommutative Geometry and Fundamental Physical Interactions: The Lagrangian Level_Historical Sketch and Description of the Present Situation," 3867-3891; Shahn Majid, "Quantum Groups and Noncommutative Geometry," 3892-3942; Pierre C. Sabatier, "Past and Future of Inverse Problems," 4082-4124; and Pierre Cartier and Cécile DeWitt-Morette, "Functional Integration," 4154-4187.

Minerva, vol. 38, no. 3 (2000) includes Lillian Hoddeson and Adrienne W. Kolb, "The Superconducting Super Collider's Frontier Outpost, 1983-1988," 271-310; and Joel Genuth, Ivan Chompalov and Wesley Shrum, "How Experiments Begin: The Formation of Scientific Collaborations," 311-348.

Physics Education, vol. 35, no. 6 (November 2000) includes G. Ireson, "A Brief History of Quantum Phenomena," 381-385; and J. Taylor, "Pioneer Women in Nuclear Physics," 446-450.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 2, no. 3 (September 2000) features R. V. Pound, "Weighing Photons, I," 224-268; S. Hong, "Once Upon a Time in Physics When Both Mathematics and Experiment Were Helpless: A Strange Life of Voltaic Contact Potential," 269-292; and J. D. Hamblin, "Science in Isolation: American Marine Geophysics Research, 1950-1968," 293-312. Vol. 2, no. 4 (December 2000) includes I. Unna, "The Genesis of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem," 336-380; H. Kragh, "An Unlikely Connection: Geochemistry and Nuclear Structure," 381-397; and S. D'Agostino, "On the Difficulties of the Transition from Maxwell's and Hertz's Pure-Field Theories to Lorentz's Electron," 398-410.

Physics Today, vol. 53, no. 10 (October 2000) features Valentine L. Telegdi, "Szilard as Inventor: Accelerators and More," 25-28; and José Luis Morán-López, "Physics in Latin America Comes of Age," 38-43. Vol. 53, no. 12 (December 2000) includes Mark F. Moynihan, "The Scientific Community and Intelligence Collection," 51-56. Vol. 54, no. 2 (February 2001) features John F. Waymouth, "Physics for Profit and Fun," 38-42; Karl von Meyenn and Engelbert Schucking, "Wolfgang Pauli," 43-48; and Roy Glauber, "A Remembrance of Pauli in 1950," 49. Vol. 54, no. 3 (March 2001) includes Alfred Bader and Leonard Parker, "Joseph Loschmidt, Physicist and Chemist," 45-50.

Physics_Uspekhi, vol. 43, no. 6 (June 2000) includes V. L. Ginzburg, "Superconductivity: The Day Before Yesterday—Yesterday—Today—Tomorrow," 573-583. Vol. 43, no. 9 (September 2000) features M. Ya. Shchelev, "Femtosecond Photoelectronics—Past, Present, and Future," 931-946; and Yu. I. Krivonosov, "S. I. Vavilov's Manuscript Letter to Stalin," 949-952.

La Recherche, no. 335 (October 2000) features Michel Pinault, "Frédéric Joliot-Curie, chercheur tourmenté," 56-60; and Etienne Klein, "Ettore Majorana, le génial disparu," 62-63. No. 338 (January 2001) includes Etienne Klein, "Paul Ehrenfest le Socrate des quanta," 61-63.

Science in Russia, no. 4 (July/August 2000) includes M. Panasyuk, "Breakthrough Into Outer Space," 60-66. No. 6 (November/December 2000) features M. Deyev, "Mariner, Explorer [N. N. Zubov]," 80-86.

Social Studies of Science, vol. 30, no. 4 (August 2000) includes Charles Thorpe and Steven Shapin, "Who Was J. Robert Oppenheimer?," 545-590. Vol. 30, no. 5 (October 2000) features W. Patrick McCray, "Large Telescopes and the Moral Economy of Recent Astronomy," 685-711.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 31B, no. 4 (December 2000) is a special issue on theoretical chemistry. Articles include Helge Kragh, "Conceptual Changes in Chemistry: The Notion of a Chemical Element, ca. 1900-1925," 435-450; B. S. Park, "The Contexts of Simultaneous Discovery: Slater, Pauling, and the Origins of Hybridisation," 451-474; Mary Jo Nye, "Physical and Biological Modes of Thought in the Chemistry of Linus Pauling," 475-491; Andreas Karachalios, "On the Making of Quantum Chemistry in Germany," 493-510; Ana Simões and Kostas Gavroglu, "Quantum Chemistry in Great Britain: Developing a Mathematical Framework for Quantum Chemistry," 511-548; Jeffry Ramsey, "Of Parameters and Principles: Producing Theory in Twentieth Century Physics and Chemistry," 549-567; and Valeria Mosini, "A Brief History of the Theory of Resonance and of its Interpretation," 569-581.

VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki [Problems in the History of Science and Technology], Moscow, [in Russian] no. 2 (2000) includes I. Reif, "Remarks on the Physicist's Fate [L. I. Gudzenko]," 18-34; and Iu. I. Krivonosov, "Cosmic Studies and Secrecy (S. I. Vavilov's Letter to Stalin)," 45-48. No. 3 (2000) features A. V. Kessenikh, "Untypical Representative: Aleksandr Armand in the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry, 1933-1937," 3-15; G. A. Goncharov, "Distorted Drafts of Flerov's Letters, 1941-1942," 35-56; and G. M. Idlis, "The Teacher: In Memory of Academician A. D. Aleksandrov (1912-1999)," 82-96.

Others: Eisui Uematsu, Tatsuoki Takeda, and Sigeko Nisio, "History of Nuclear Fusion Research in Japan," Historia Scientiarum, vol. 10, no. 1 (July 2000): 16-45; David Goodstein, "In Defense of Robert Andrews Millikan," American Scientist, vol. 89, no. 1 (January/February 2001): 54-60; Thomas Hockey, "Recognizing Jupiter's Great Red Spot," Mercury, vol. 29, no. 5 (September/October 2000): 18-25; Helge Kragh, "Max Planck: The Reluctant Revolutionary," Physics World, vol. 13, no. 12 (December 2000): 31-35; Grace Marmor Spruch, "Nobel Tics," The American Scholar, vol. 69 (Autumn 2000): 97-106; Douglas D. Osheroff, "The Nature of Discovery in Physics," American Journal of Physics, vol. 69, no.1 (January 2001): 26-37; Max Tegmark and John Archibald Wheeler, "100 Years of Quantum Mysteries," Scientific American, vol. 284, no. 2 (February 2001): 68-75; and P. Weingart, A. Engels, and P. Pansegrau, "Risks of Communication: Discourses on Climate Change in Science, Politics, and the Mass Media," Public Understanding of Science, vol. 9, no. 3 (July 2000): 261-283.

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