AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXVI , No. 1, Spring 2004


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Tanya Levin

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. 60, no. 4 (October 2003) includes L. Boschiero, “Natural Philosophical Contention Inside the Accademia del Cimento: The Properties and Effects of Heat and Cold,” 329-350, R.R. Hamerla, “Edward Williams Morley and the Atomic Weight of Oxygen: The Death of Prout’s Hypothesis Revisited,” 351-372, and A.A. Mills, “Early Voltaic Batteries: An Evaluation in Modern Units and Application to the Work of Davy and Faraday,” 373-398.  Vol. 61, no. 1 (January 2004) features, C. Reinhardt, “Chemistry in a Physical Mode: Molecular Spectroscopy and the Emergence of NMR,” 1-32, and D.L. Simms, “Newton’s Contribution to the Science of Heat,” 33-78.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, vol. 59, no. 6 (November/December 2003) features Leonard Weiss, “Atoms For Peace,” 34-44.

CERN Courier, vol. 43, no. 7 (September 2003) includes Johann Rafelski and Torleif Ericson, “The Tale of the Hagedorn Temperature,” 30-34.  Vol. 43, no. 9 (November 2003) includes Robert Eisenstein, “Constructing ATLAS: A Modern ‘Ship in a Bottle’,” 26-29, and Nikolai Tyurin, “Forty Years of High-Energy Physics in Protvino,” 31-34.

Vol. 43, no. 10 (December 2003) features “Neutral Currents and W and Z: a Celebration,” 25-28.

Endeavour, vol. 27, no. 4 (2003) features Eric Buffetaut, “Continental Drift Under the Third Reich,” 171-175, and Rita Griffin-Short, “The Ancient Mariner and the Transit of Venus,” 175-179.

Foundations of Physics, vol. 33, no. 10 (October 2003) includes Daniel Greenberger and Abner Shimony, “The Presence of David Mermin,” 1419-1422.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 34, part 1 (2003) includes Michael S. Goodman, “Grandfather of the Hydrogen Bomb? Anglo-American Intelligence and Klaus Fuchs,” 1-22, Shizue Hinokawa, “A Comparative Study of Cyclotron Development at Cambridge and Liverpool in the 1930s,” 23-39, Shaul Kitzir, “From Explanation to Description: Molecular and Phenomenological Theories of Piezoelectricity,” 69-94, David Munns, “If We Build It, Who Will Come? Radio Astronomy and the Limitations of ‘National’ Laboratories in Cold War America,” 95-113,  Robert A. Myers and Richard W. Dixon, “Who Invented the Laser: An Analysis of the Early Patents,” 115-149, and Hallam Stevens, “Fundamental Physics and its Justifications, 1945-1993,” 151-197.

History of Science, vol. 41, no. 134, part 4 (December 2003) features Ronald E. Doel, “Oral History of American Science: A Forty-Year Review,” 349-378, and Hannah Gay, “Science and Opportunity in London, 1871-1885: The Diary of Herbert McLeod,” 427-458.

Interdisciplinary Science Review, vol. 27, no. 3 (Autumn 2002) includes Klaus Hentschel, “What History of Science Can Learn from Michael Frayn’s ‘Copenhagen’,” 211-216.

Isis, vol. 94, no. 3 (September 2003) includes Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth, “Competing to Popularize Newtonian Philosophy: John Theophilus Desaguliers and the Preservation of Reputation,” 435-455, and Theresa Levitt, “Biot’s paper and Arago’s Plates: Photographic Practice and the Transparency of Representation,” 456-476.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 6, no. 2 (December 2003) features Patricia S. Whitesell, “Detroit Observatory: Nineteenth-Century Training Ground for Astronomers,” 69-106, Rudi Paul Linder, “Rebuilding Astronomy at Michigan: From Hussey to Goldberg,” 107-119, and Donald E. Osterbrock, “The California-Michigan Axis in American Astronomy,” 120-136.

Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, vol. 107, no. 3 (May-June 2002) includes Arno Laesecke, “Through Measurement to Knowledge: The Inaugural Lecture of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1882),” 261-277.

Naturwissenschftlich Rundschau, vol. 55, no. 11 (2002) includes Klaus Hentschel, “Zur Geschichte visueller Darstellungen von Spektren,” 577-587.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, vol. 57, no. 3 (2003) features W.P. Griffith and P.J.T. Morris, “Charles Hatchett FRS (1765-1847), Chemist and Discoverer of Niobium,” 299-316, B. Bleaney FRS and O.V. Lounasmaa, “Nuclear Orientation and Nuclear Cooling Experiments in Oxford and Helsinki: Part 1, Progress Before 1940,” 317-322, “… Part 2, Progress From 1945 to 1970,” 323-330, and “… Part 3, Progress From 1975 to 2001,” 331-344.

Osiris (Second Series), vol. 17, (2002) includes Jessica Wang, “Scientists and the Problem of the Public in Cold War America, 1945-1969,” 323-347.  Vol. 18, Second Series (2003) features David Aubin, “The Fading Star of the Paris Observatory in the Nineteenth-Century: Astronomers’ Urban Culture of Circulation and Observation,” 79-100, and Theresa Levitt, “Organizing Sight, Seeing Organization: The Diverging Optical Possibilities of City and Country,” 101-115.

Perspectives on Science, vol. 11, no. 1 (Spring 2003) includes Gregory B. Moynahan, “Herman Cohen’s Das Prinzip der Infinitesimalmethode, Ernst Cassirer, and the Politics of Science in Wilhelmine Germany,” 35-75, Thomas A. Ryckman, “Surplus Structure from the Standpoint of Transcendental Idealism: The ‘World Geometries’ of Weyl and Eddington,” 76-106.  Vol. 11, no. 2 (Summer 2003) features Koffi Maglo, “The Reception of Newton’s Gravitational Theory by Huygens, Vaqrignon, and Maupertuis: How Normal Science May Be Revolutionary,” 135-169, Patrick McDonald, “Demonstration by Simulation: The Philosophical Significance of Experiment in Helmholtz’s Theory of Perception,” 170-207, and Jonathan Tsou, “Reconsidering Feyerabend’s ‘Anarchism’,” 208-235.

Physics in Perspective, vol. 5, no. 3 (September 2003) features A. Loettgers, “Samuel Pierpont Langley and His Contributions to the Empirical Basis of Black-Body Radiation,” 262-280, and J.R. Goodstein, “A Conversation with Lee Alvin Dubridge—Part II,” 281-309.  Vol. 5, no. 4 (December 2003) includes M. Leone and N. Robotti, “Are the Elements Elementary?: Nineteenth-Century Chemical and Spectroscopical Answers,” 360-383, A. Gambassi, “Enrico Fermi in Pisa,” 384-397, I.T. Durham, “Eddington and Uncertainty,” 398-418, and C.H. Holbrow, “Charles C. Lauritsen: A Reasonable Man in an Unreasonable World,” 419-472.

Physics Today, vol. 57, no. 2 (February 2004) includes Ella Ryndina, “Family Lines Sketched in the Portrait of Lev Landau,” 53-59, and “Nobel Prizes, 1962,” 61-63 [reprint of  Dec.1962 article].

Physics-Uspekhi,vol. 46, no. 9 (October 2003) includes V.I. Sanyuk and A.D. Sukhanov, “Dirac in 20th Century Physics: A Centenary Assessment,” 937-956.

Physics World, vol. 16, no. 9 (September 2003) features Jeff Hughes, “Occultism and the Atom: The Curious Story of Isotopes,” 31-35.  Vol. 16, no. 10 (October 2003) includes Barton J. Bernstein, “The Death of a Nuclear Legend,” 5-6.  Vol. 16, no. 12 (December 2003) features Robert Seidel, “John von Neumann: The Fastest Brain in the West,” 29-33.

Physik Journal, vol. 2, no. 11 (November 2003) includes Brenda P. Winnewisser, “Hedwig Kohn—eine Physikerin des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts,” 51-55.

Science, Technology, and Human Values, vol. 28 no. 4, (Autumn 2003) features Andrea H. Tapia, “Technomillennialism: A Subcultural Response to the Technological Threat of Y2K,” 483-512.  Vol. 29, no. 1 (Winter 2004) includes Ivan Tchalakov, “The Object and the Other in Holographic Research: Approaching Passivity and Responsibility of Human Actors,” 64-87.

Social Studies of Science, vol. 33, no. 4 (August 2003) includes Walter G. Vincenti and David Bloor, “Boundaries, Contingencies, and Rigor,” 469-507, and Felicity Mellor, “Demarcating Science from Non-Science in Popular Physics Books,” 509-538.  Vol. 33, no. 5 (October 2003) includes Ronald E. Doel, “Constituting the Postwar Earth Sciences,” 635-666, Kristine C. Harper, “Research from the Boundary Layer: Civilian Leadership, Military Funding and the Development of Numerical Weather Prediction (1946-55),” 667-696, Naomi Oreskes, “A Context of Motivation: US Navy Oceanographic Research and the Discovery of Sea-Floor Hydrothermal Vents,” 697-742, Kai-Henrik Barth, “The Politics of Seismology: Nuclear Testing, Arms Control, and the Transformation of a Discipline,” 743-781,  Allison Macfarlane, “Underlying Yucca Mountain: The Interplay of Geology and Policy in Nuclear Waste Disposal,” 783-807, and Michael Aaron Dennis, “Earthly Matters: On the Cold War and the Earth Sciences,” 809-819.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, vol. 34A, no. 1 (March 2003) features Eric Watkins, “Forces and Causes in Kant’s Early Pre-Critical Writings,” 5-27, Michael Friedman, “Transcendental Philosophy and Mathematical Physics,” 29-43, Lisa Shabel, “Reflections on Kant’s Concept (and Intuition) of Space,” 45-57, and Martin Carrier, “How to Tell Causes from Effects: Kant’s Causal Theory of Time and Modern Approaches,” 59-71.  Vol. 34A, no. 2 (June 2003) includes Paolo Palmieri, “Mental Models in Galileo’s Early Mathematization of Nature,” 229-264, Athanassios Raftopoulos, “Cartesian Analysis and Synthesis,” 265-308, Maria Rosa Antognazza, “Leibniz and the Post-Copernican Universe: Koyré Revisited,” 309-327.  Vol. 34A, no. 3 (September 2003) includes Xiang Chen, “Why Did John Herschel Fail to Understand Polarization?: The Differences Between Object and Event Concepts,” 491-513, and Olivier Darrigol, “Number and Measure: Hermann von Helmholtz at the Crossroads of Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology,” 515-573.  Vol. 34A, no. 4 (December 2003) features H.M. Collins, “Lead into Gold: The Science of Finding Nothing,” 661-691, Tad M. Schmaltz, “Cartesian Causation: Body-Body Interaction, Motion, and Eternal Truths,” 737-762, and E.B. Davies, “The Newtonian Myth,” 763-780.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, vol. 34, no. 4 (December 2003) includes Robert W. Batterman, “Falling Cats, Parallel Parking, and Polarized Light,” 527-557, John Earman, “The Cosmological Constant, the Fate of the Universe, Unimodular Gravity, and All That,” Shaul Katzir, “Measuring Constants of Nature: Confirmation and Determination in Piezoelectricity,” 579-606, Daniel Parker, “Finding Your Marbles in Wavefunction Collapse Theories,” 607-620, Michela Massimi and Michael Redhead, “Weinberg’s Proof of the Spin-Statistics Theorem,” 621-650, and Aharon Kantorovich, “The Priority of Internal Symmetries in Particle Physics,” 651-675.  Vol. 35, no. 1 (March 2004) features Robert C. Bishop, “Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics Brussels-Austin Style,” 1-30, Frank Arntzenius, “Time Reversal Operations, Representations of the Lorentz Group, and the Direction of Time,” 31-43, Hans Halvorson, “Complementarity of Representations in Quantum Mechanics,” 45-56, R.E. Kastner, “Weak Values and Consistent Histories in Quantum Theory,” 57-71, Mario Castagnino and Olimpia Lombardi, “Self-Induced Decoherence: A New Approach,” 73-107, and F.A. Muller, “Maxwell’s Lonely War,” 109-119.

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