AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXV , No. 1, Spring 2003


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by W. Patrick McCray

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. 59, no. 4 (October 2002) includes Deborah Jean Warner, “Political Geodesy: the Army, the Air Force, and the World Geodetic System of 1960,” 391-408; Alexei Kojevnikov, “The Last Century of Physics,” 419-422.

The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 35, part 4 (December 2002) includes Alistair Sponsel, “Constructing a ‘Revolution in Science’: the Campaign to Promote a Favourable Reception for the 1919 Solar Eclipse Experiments,” 439-468.

Centaurus, vol. 44, no. 1-2 (2002) includes H. Kragh, “The Victorian Theory of Everything,” 32-114; H. Konno, “Ritz’s Discovery of the Lyman Series before 1913 and Lyman’s Indifference to the Bohr Theory,” 127-139.

CERN Courier, vol. 42, no. 7 (September 2002) includes Richard Dalitz, “Paul Dirac: A Genius in the History of Physics,” 15-18. Vol. 42, no. 9 (November 2002) includes Nina Byers, “Physicists and the Decision to Drop the Bomb,” 25-31. Vol. 42, no. 10 (December 2002) includes Ray Davis, “Memories of a Nobel Laureate,” 15-18.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 33, part 1 (2002) includes José M. Sánchez-Ron, “International Relations in Spanish Physics from 1900 to the Cold War,” 3-32; Alexis De Greiff, “The Tale of Two Peripheries: The Creation of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste,” 33-60; Kenji Ito, “Values of ‘Pure Science’: Nishina Yoshio’s Wartime Discourse Between Nationalism and Physics, 1940-1945,” 61-86; Abha Sur, “Scientism and Social Justice: Meghnad Saha’s Critique of the State of Science in India,” 87-106; Dong-Won Kim, “The Conflict Between the Image and Role of Physics in South Korea,” 107-130; David Kaiser, “Cold War Requisitions, Scientific Manpower, and the Production of American Physicists After World War II,” 131-160; Alexei Kojevnikov, “David Bohm and Collective Movement,” 161-192.

History of Science, vol. 40, part 4, no. 130 (December 2002) includes Stephan Mason, “Galileo’s Scientific Discoveries, Cosmological Confrontations, and the Aftermath,” 377-406; A. Rupert Hall, “Pitfalls in the Editing of Newton’s Papers,” 407-424; Michael Hoskin, “Caroline Herschel: Assistant Astronomer or Astronomical Assistant?,” 425-444.

History and Technology, vol. 18, no. 3 (2002) includes Cathryn Carson, “Nuclear Energy Development in Postwar West Germany: Struggles over Cooperation in the Federal Republic’s First Reactor Station,” 233-270.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 5, no. 2 (December 2002) includes Ronald A. Bracewell, “The Discovery of Strong Extragalactic Polarization Using the Parkes Radio Telescope,” 107-114; Bjørn Ragnvald Petterson, “Christopher Hansteen and the First Observatory at the University of Oslo, 1815-28,” 123-134; Paul D. Shankland and W. Orchiston, “Nineteenth Century Astronomy at the U.S. Naval Academy,” 165-180.

Journal for the History of Astronomy, vol. 33, part 4, no. 113 (November 2002) includes Paul Charbonneau, “The Rise and Fall of the First Solar Cycle Model,” 351-372.

Osiris, vol. 17, 2nd Ser. (2002) includes Jessica Wang, “Scientists and the Problem of the Public in Cold War America, 1945-1960,” 323-350.

Science in Context, vol. 15, no. 2 (June 2002), a special issue on science in the Soviet Union, includes Alexei Kojevnikov, “The Great War, the Russian Civil War, and the Invention of Big Science,” 239-276; Konstantin Ivanov, “Science after Stalin: Forging a New Image of Soviet Science,” 317-338.

Sky & Telescope, vol. 105, no. 1 (January 2003) includes Nick Kanas, “From Ptolemy to the Renaissance: How Classical Astronomy Survived the Dark Ages,” 50-69.

Social Studies of Science, vol. 32, no. 3 (June 2002) includes Mark Winskel, “Autonomy’s End: Nuclear Power and the Privatization of the British Electricity Supply Industry,” 439-468.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 34B, no. 1 (March 2003) includes Sherrilyn Roush, “Copernicus, Kant, and the Anthropic Cosmological Principles,” 5-36; Jochen Büttner, Jürgen Renn and Matthias Schemmel, “Exploring the Limits of Classical Physics: Planck, Einstein, and the Structure of a Scientific Revolution,” 37-60.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 4, no. 3 includes A. Simões, “Dirac’s Claim and the Chemists,” 253-266; J. Jenkins, “G.E.M. Jauncey and the Compton Effect,” 320-332; J. Teichmann, M. Eckert, S. Wolff, “[The Physical Tourist:] Physicists and Physics in Munich,” 333-359. Vol. 4, no. 4 (December 2002) includes E.D. Hoffleit, “Pioneering Women in the Spectral Classification on Stars,” 370-398; R. Singh, “C.V. Raman and the Discovery of the Raman Effect,” 399-420; D.C. Cassidy, “New Light on Copenhagen and the German Nuclear Project,” 447-455.

Physics Today, vol. 56, no. 2 (February 2003) includes Kurt Gottfried and J. David Jackson, “Mozart and Quantum Mechanics: An Appreciation of Victor Weisskopf,” 43-47. Vol. 56, no. 1 (January 2003) includes Juan G. Roederer, “Early Cosmic-Ray Research in Argentina,” 32-37. Vol. 56, no. 3 (March 2003) includes Lynne Osman Eilkin, “Rosalind Franklin and the Double Helix,” 42-49.

Physics World, vol. 15, no. 12 (December 2002) includes Mark McCartney, “William Thomson: king of Victorian physics,” 25-30. Vol. 16, no. 1 (January 2003) includes Gary Taubes, “Carlo Rubbia and the Discovery of the W and Z,” 23-28.

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