AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXVII , No. 1, Spring 2005


Recent Publications of Interest
Compiled by Babak Ashrafi

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:

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Stephan A. Schwartz writes about "Franklin's Forgotten Triumph: Scientific Testing" in the October 2004 issue of American Heritage of Invention and Technology.

In the November 2004 issue of the American Journal of Physics, vol. 72 no. 11, Ian J.R. Aitchison, David A. MacManus, and Thomas Snyder offer "Understanding Heisenberg's `Magical' Paper of July 1925: A New Look at the Calculational Details." In the February 2005 issue, vol. 73 no. 2, Travis Norsen takes a new look at "Einstein's Boxes."

The Annals of Science contains David Pantalony's "Rudolph Koenig's Workshop of Sound: Instruments, Theories, and the Debate over Combination Tones" in the January 2005 issue, vol. 62 no. 1, and Ana Carneiro's "Outside Government Science, `Not a Single Tiny Bone to Cheer Us Up!' The Geological Survey of Portugal (1857-1908), The Involvement of Common Men, and the Reaction of Civil Society to Geological Research" in the April 2005 issue, vol. 62 no. 2.

Yuri L. Dokshitzer describes "The Gribov Conception of Quantum Chromodynamics" in vol. 54 of the Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science published in December 2004.

Issue no. 1 of vol. 59 of the Archive for History of Exact Sciences has "Einstein's Investigations of Galilean Covariant Electrodynamics Prior to 1905" by John D. Norton. Issue no. 3 has "History of the Lenz-Ising Model 1920-1950: From Ferromagnetic to Cooperative Phenomena" by Martin Niss.

The February 2005 issue of Astronomy magazine has a special section on "Einstein's Century," including "Relativity turns 100" by Richard Panek and "The Man Who Remade the Universe" by Robert Burnham.

Tobias Jung writes about "Oszillierende Weltmodelle versus Urknallmodelle: Das oszillierende Weltmodell Friedmanns, die Ablehnung der Anfangssingularität durch russische Kosmologen und die Zustimmung der katholischen Kirche zur Urknalltheorie Lemaîtres und Hawkings" in vol 27 no. 4 of the Berichte zur Wissenschafts-Geschichte.

Ana Simões considers "Textbooks, Popular Lectures and Sermons: The Quantum Chemist Charles Alfred Coulson and the Crafting of Science" in The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 37 no. 3.

Alex Rabinowitch writes about his father Eugene, who founded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, in vol. 61 no. 1.

Karl-Heinz Schlote examines "Carl Neumanns Forschungen zur Potentialtheorie" in Centaurus, vol. 46 no. 2.

More family relations appear in the March 2005 issue of Discover, where Michelle Feynman writes "The [Richard] Feynman File," and in the February 2005 issue, George Dyson writes about his father Freeman in "The Grandest Rocket Ever."

M. A. B. Whitaker offers "The EPR Paper and Bohr's Response: A Re-Assessment" in Foundations of Physics, vol. 34 no. 9. E. Di Grezia and S. Esposito write about "Fermi, Majorana and the Statistical Model of Atoms" in the same issue.

The September 2004 issue of Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, vol. 35 no. 1, has "Helmholtz and the Shaping of the American Physics Elite in the Gilded Age" by David Cahan, as well as "The Emergence of the Principle of Symmetry in Physics" by Shaul Katzir, "Quantum Theory and the Electromagnetic World-View" by Suman Seth, and "A Proton Accelerator in Trondheim in the 1930s" by Roland Wittje.

Readers may be interested in Dominique Pestre's take on "Thirty Years of Science Studies: Knowledge, Society and the Political" in the December 2004 issue of History and Technology, vol. 20 no. 4.

"Gender, Politics, and Radioactivity Research in Interwar Vienna: The Case of the Institute for Radium Research" by Maria Rentetzi appears in Isis, vol. 95 p. 359.

Many contributors consider "L'heritage Einstein" included in the February 2005 issue of La Recherche.

Christophe Lécuyer asks "What do Universities Really owe Industry? The Case of Solid State Electronics at Stanford" in Minerva, vol. 43, no. 1.

Issue no. 1 of vol. 58 of the Notes and Records of the Royal Society has "The Nobel Laureate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman FRS and his Contacts with the British Scientific Community in a Social and Political Context" by R. Singh and R. Riess. Issue no. 2 has "April 1915: Five Future Nobel Prize-Winners Inaugurate Weapons of Mass Destruction and the Academic-Industrial-Military Complex" by W. van der Kloot, and "Prehistory of the British Crystallographic Association" by D. Blow and S. Wallwork. Issue no. 3 has "The Cavity Magnetron in World War II: Was the Secrecy Justified?" by B. Lovell, and "Shipborne Radar in World War II: Some Recollections" by A. Cook.

Karl-Heinz Schlote has more about "Carl Neumann's Contributions to Electrodynamics" in Physics in Perspective, vol. 6 no. 3. In issue no. 4 of the same volume, Matteo Leone, Alessandro Paoletti and Nadia Robotti describe "A Simultaneous Discovery: The Case of Johannes Stark and Antonino Lo Surdo." Karen E. Johnson writes "From Natural History to the Nuclear Shell Model: Chemical Thinking in the Work of Mayer, Haxel, Jensen, and Suess." Also Joan Bromberg's interview of Arthur L. Schawlow is presented in "The Playful Physicist."

Dieter Hoffmann and Mark Walker describe "The German Physical Society Under National Socialism" in the December 2004 issue of Physics Today. The February 2005 issue has Daniel Kleppner, "Re-reading Einstein on Radiation." The March 2005 issue has Alex Harvey and Engelbert Schucking finding an error by Einstein in "A Small Puzzle from 1905."

Herbert Steiner describes "Emilio Segrè: Nuclear Pioneer" in Physics World, February 2005. The January 2005 issue had many authors writing about Einstein.

D. E. Burlankov recounts an alternative to Einstein's work in "Gravity and Absolute Space. The Works of Niels Bjern (1865-1909)" in vol. 47 no. 8 of 2004, of Physics-Uspekhi.

There is more on Einstein in the March 2005 issue of Physik Journal, including an interview with Hans Bethe (perhaps his last?).

Marianne B. Barnes, James Garner and David Reid consider "The Pendulum as a Vehicle for Transitioning from Classical to Quantum Physics: History, Quantum Concepts, and Educational Challenges" in vol. 13 no. 4-5 of Science and Education. Nahum Kipnis discusses "Chance in Science: The Discovery of Electromagnetism by H.C. Oersted" in vol. 14 no. 1.

Vol. 17 no.4 of Science in Context has articles about science and art, including "Surrealism and Quantum Mechanics: Dispersal and Fragmentation in Art, Life, and Physics" by Gavin Parkinson and "Explosive Propositions: Artists React to the Atomic Age" by Stephen Petersen.

David Kaiser, Kenji Ito and Karl Hall write about Feynman diagrams in "Spreading the Tools of Theory," Social Studies of Science, vol. 34 no. 6.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics has "The Puzzle of Canonical Transformations in Early Quantum Mechanics" by Jan Lacki, "Open or Closed? Dirac, Heisenberg, and the Relation between Classical and Quantum Mechanics" by Alisa Bokulich; and "Uncertainty in Bohr's Response to the Heisenberg Microscope" by Scott Tanona, all in September 2004, vol. 35 no. 3.

Sean Johnston's "Shifting Perspectives: Holography and the Emergence of Technical Communities" appears in January 2005, vol. 46 no. 1 of Technology and Culture.

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