AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXVIII, No. 2 Fall 2006


Recent Publications in the History of Physics
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 lists have been posted on our Website since 1994, and you can search the full text of all of them (along with our annual book bibliography as well as other parts of our Website) by using our Search page at Enter your search term(s) in the box, then scroll down in the results page to "Source: Bibliographies;" you may need to click on "More Results."
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American Heritage of Invention and Technology Vol. 21, no. 4, Spring 2006: “How to detect an atomic bomb,” by T. A. Heppenheimer. Vol. 22, no. 1, Summer 2006: “Big bang: The deadly business of inventing the modern explosives industry,” by Jack Kelly.

American Journal of Physics Vol. 74, no. 5, May 2006: “Do physicists need myths?,” by Harold I. Brown; Vol. 74, no. 6, June 2006: “Einstein, Perrin, and the reality of atoms: 1905 revisited,” by Ronald Newburgh, Joseph Peidle,and Wolfgang Rueckner. Vol. 74, no. 7, July 2006: “A selected history of expectation bias in physics,” by Monwhea Jeng; “Radioactivity induced by neutrons: Enrico Fermi and a thermodynamic approach to radiative capture,” by Alberto De Gregorio; “The hidden symmetry of the Coulomb problem in relativistic quantum mechanics: From Pauli to Dirac,” by Tamari T. Khachidze and Anzor A. Khelashvili. Vol. 74, no. 9, September 2006: “Dismissing renewed attempts to deny Einstein the discovery of special relativity,” by Roger Cerf.

Annals of Science Vol. 63, no. 2, April 2006: “Meteorology’s struggle for professional recognition in the USA (1900-1950),” by Kristine C. Harper. Vol. 63, no. 3, July 2006: “Nineteenth-century developments in coiled instruments and experiences with electromagnetic induction,” by Elizabeth Cavicchi.

Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences Vol. 34, May 2006: “Reflections on the conception, birth, and childhood of numerical weather prediction,” by Edward N. Lorenz; “History and Applications of mass-independent isotope effects,” by Mark H. Thiemens.

Astronomy & Geophysics Vol. 47, no.2, April 2006: “Comets from antiquity to the present day,” by Iwan Williams and Stephen Lowry.

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte Bd. 29, Heft 1, 2006: “Das erste Jahrhundert deutschsprachiger meteorologischer Lehrbücher,” by Stefan Emeis.

The British Journal for the History of Science Vol. 39, no. 2, June 2006: “Gustave-Adolphe Hirn (1815-90): Engineering thermodynamics in mid-nineteenth-century France,” by Faidra Papanelopoulou.

Centaurus Vol. 48, no. 2, July 2006: “Adding Velocities without exceeding the velocity of light: Wilhelm Wien’s algorithm (1904) and Albert Einstein’s light postulate (1905),” by Giora Hon and Bernard R. Goldstein.

Discover Vol. 27, no. 5, May 2006: “Drake’s Brave Guess,” By Seth Shostak.

Historia ScientiarumVol. 15, no.3, March 2006: “Japanese wartime geology: a case study in northeast china,” by Michiko Yahima.

History of Science Vol. 44, part 1, no. 143, March 2006: “An Hiatus in history: The British claim for Neptune’s co-prediction, 1845-1846” (parts 1 and 2) by Nicholas Kollerstrom; “The Archaeology of the inverse square law: (2) The Use and non-use of mathematics,” by Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris.

Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences Vol. 36, no. 2, March 2006: “The rush to accelerate: Early stages of nuclear physics research in Australia,” by R.W. Home; “Yoshio Nishina and two cyclotrons,” by Dong-Won Kim; “Accelerators and politics in postwar Japan,” by Morris F. Low; “Particle accelerators in Mexico,” by María De La Paz Ramos Lara; “The quest for the Brazilian synchrocyclotron,” by Ana M. Ribeiro De Andrade and R.P.A. Muniz; “Brazilian synchrocyclotron light,” by Marcelo Baumann Burgos; “Political storms, financial uncertainties, and dreams of ‘big science:’ The construction of a heavy ion accelerator in Argentina,” by Diego Hurtado De Mendoza and Ana Maria Vara; “Chemical free energies and the third law of thermodynamics,” by Patrick Coffey.

History and Technology Vol. 22, no. 3, September 2006: “Interpreting the Moon landings: Project Apollo and the historians,” by Roger D. Launius; “A Nordic satellite project understood as a trans-national effort,” by Nina Wormbs; “The Materiality of microelectronics,” by Christophe Lécuyer and David C. Brock.

Isis, 2006: Vol. 97, no. 2, 2006: “‘For slow neutrons, slow pay:’ Enrico fermi’s patent and the U.S. atomic energy program, 1938-1953,” by Simone Turchetti; “A Lead user of instruments in science: John D. Roberts and the adaptation of nuclear magnetic resonance to organic chemistry, 1955-1975,” by Carsten Reinhardt; “Device physics vis-B-vis fundamental physics in Cold War America: The case of quantum optics,” by Joan Lisa Bromberg.

Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage Vol. 9, no.1, June 2006: “The Beginnings of radio astronomy in the Netherlands,” by Hugo van Woerden and Richard Strom; “From Potts Hill (Australia) to Pune (India): The journey of a radio astronomer,” by Govind Swarup; “Bruce Slee and Ron Burman: The genesis of solar radio astronomy in Australia,” by Wayne Orchiston; “Arthur Beer and his relations with Einstein and the Warburg Institute,” by Hilmar W. Duerbeck and Peter Beer; “A Brief history of the Astrophysical Research Consortium and the Apache Point Observatory,” by Jim Peterson and Glen Mackie.

Journal for the History of Astronomy Vol. 37, part 2, no. 127, May 2006: “Stellar structure and evolution, 1924-1939,” by Karl Hufbauer. Vol. 37, part 3, no. 128, August 2006: “Beyond the big galaxy: The structure of the stellar system 1900-1952,” by Robert W. Smith.

La Recherche May-July 2006: “L’atome piégé par le « plan Marshall »,” by John Krige.

Perspectives on Science Vol. 14, no. 1, Spring 2006: “The crafting of scientific meaning and identity: Exploring the performative dimensions of Michael Faraday’s texts,” by Ronald Anderson; “From Phenomenology to field theory: Faraday’s visual reasoning,” by David C. Gooding; “Faraday and Piaget: Experimenting in relation with the world,” by Elizabeth Cavicchi; “Discovering discovery: How Faraday found the first metallic colloid,” by Ryan D. Tweney.

Physics in Perspective Vol. 8, no. 1, March 2006: “The Politics of memory: Otto Hahn and the Third Reich,” by Ruth Lewin Sime; “Early attempts to detect the neutrino at the Cavendish Laboratory,” by Jaume Navarro; “Berkeley and its physics heritage,” by Per F. Dahl. Vol. 8, no. 2, May, 2006: “Otto Hahn: Responsibility and repression,” by Mark Walker; “A Different laboratory tale: Fifty years of Mössbauer spectroscopy,” by Catherine Westfall.

Physics Today April 2006: “Erskine Williamson, extreme conditions, and the birth of mineral physics,” by Russell J. Hemley; “Albert Einstein in Leiden,” by Dirk van Delft. June 2006: “The American Institute of Physics: 75 years of service,” guest editors Marc H. Brodsky and Mildred S. Dresselhaus; “Trend-spotting: Physics in 1931 and today,” by Spencer Weart; “Looking back and ahead at condensed matter physics,” by Marvin L. Cohen. July 2006: “Scientists, security, and lessons from the Cold War,” by Charles H. Holbrow. August 2006: “Stories from the early days of quantum mechanics,” by Isidor Isaac Rabi (transcribed and edited by R. Fraser Code).

Physics Uspekhi Vol. 49, no. 3, 2006: “ The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, the first half-century,” by V.G. Kadyshevsky and A.N. Sissakia. Vol. 49, no. 5, 2006: “One of Gibbs’s ideas that has gone unnoticed (comment on chapter IX of his classic book),” A.D. Sukhanov, Yu G. Rudoi.

Science & Education Vol. 15, no. 5, February 2006: “Historical surprises,” by Roger H. Stuewer. Vol. 15, no. 6, August 2006: “Newton’s Path to Universal Gravitation: The Role of the Pendulum,” by Pierre J. Boulos.

Science in Context Vol. 19, no. 2, June 2006: “Remarks on a new autograph letter from Augustin Fresnel: Light aberration and wave theory,” by Gildo Magalhnes.

Social Studies of Science Vol. 36, no. 3, 2006: “Celebrating tomorrow today, the peaceful atom on display in the Soviet Union,” by Sonja D. Schmid. Vol. 36, No. 4, 2006: “Whose mass is it anyway? Particle cosmology and the objects of theory,” by David Kaiser.

Studies In History and Philosophy of Science, Part B: Studies In History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Vol. 37, no. 2, June 2006: “Schrödinger’s interpretation of quantum mechanics and the relevance of Bohr’s experimental critique,” by Slobodan Perovic; “Heisenberg and the wave-particle duality,” by Kristian Camilleri; “A far-reaching project behind the discovery of neutron-induced radioactivity,” by Alberto De Gregorio.

Technology and Culture Vol. 47, no. 1, January 2006: “Corporations, universities, and instrumental communities: Commercializing probe microscopy, 1981-1996,” by Cyrus Mody.

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