AIP History Center Newsletter
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Fall 2004 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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Hideki Yukawa

Hideki Yukawa in his house, doing calligraphy, March 1962. AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Yukawa Collection. Donated by Mrs. Yukawa through Professor Michiji Konuma.


Luis Alvarez

Luis Alvarez after the first flight at Mach 2, 1963. Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Donated by Peter Trower.

The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula, as shown in the Atlas of Joh. Müller's Lehrbuch der Kosmischen Physik (5th ed., 1894), a recent addition to the Niels Bohr Library. At the time the Atlas was published, photographic reproductions of very bright objects like the Moon were starting to replace drawings of objects that could not yet be captured with photography — which included not only pale nebulae like this but even solar prominences and the planets.

All of us are interested in our roots. Generally this interest is latent in youth, and grows with age. Until I reached fifty I thought that history of science was a refuge for old scientists whose creative juices had dried up. Now of course I know that I was wrong! As we grow older, we become more interested in the past, in family history, local history, etc. Astronomy is, or was when I started in it, almost a family.

.Donald E. Osterbrock

Enrico Fermi (at left) with a group of physicists that includes Ettore Majorana, by the Leaning Tower of Pisa, date unknown. Photograph by Nello Carrara, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Donated by Eugenio Carrara.
Enrico Fermi with Scientists at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Fermi, Rasetti, and Nello Carrara
Enrico Fermi, Franco Rasetti and Nello Carrara eating lunch while mountaineering in the marble landscape of the Apuanian Alps. Note their cooking equipment and climbing ropes. Photograph by Nello Carrara, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Donated by Eugenio Carrara.

Edwin Hubble, earliest photo with a telescope

To entertain his young students, and perhaps in preparation for an evening of astronomical observations, Edwin Hubble brought a telescope and set it up in the circular driveway of John Robertsís home, near the Hubble family home in Louisville, Kentucky. This is the earliest photograph showing Hubble with a telescope. Photograph by John R. Roberts, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Kielkopf Collection. Donated by Dr. and Mrs. John F. Kielkopf with John R. Hale.

In the history of scientific development the personal aspects of the process are usually omitted or played down to emphasize that the thing discovered is independent of the discoverer and that the result can be checked. But, as Einstein has pointed out, scientific concepts are "created in the minds of men," and in some way the nonprofessional aspects of life and mind are inevitably related to the professional.

— Melba Phillips

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