AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XL , No. 2, Fall 2008
 

Recent Publications on the History of Physics

A supplement to the Newsletter of The Center for History of Physics/Niels Bohr Library and The Forum for History of Physics, American Physical Society
Compiled by Per and Eleanor Dahl

BOOKS

For a complete list of published books and journals on the history of physics, visit http://www.aip.org/history/web-news.htm#bib.

This list is the fifteenth of an annual series. It includes books on the history of modern physics and related topics (including astronomy, geophysics, and physics in medicine) published in 2004 or later. (See earlier lists for details on how the list is prepared.) Articles in journals are listed elsewhere in the Newsletter.

For more comprehensive coverage of publications on the history of science, consult the annual Current Bibliography in Isis (published by the University of Chicago Press for the History of Science Society). Publications on the history of astronomy are listed in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage.

We suggest that you use this list to recommend books for your institution’s library; ISBN numbers are given, when available, for this purpose. Prices (which are for hardcover editions unless otherwise indicated) are subject to change by the publisher.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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[back to top] BIBLIOGRAPHIES & GUIDES

Burdick, Bruce Stanley. Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Mathematics. 264 pp. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8018-8823-6 (hc) $55.00.


[back to top] COLLECTED BIOGRAPHIES (3 or more Scientists)

Feldman, B., and K. Williams, (eds). 112 Mercer Street: Einstein, Russell, Gödel, Pauli, and the End of Innocence in Science. 243 pp. New York, NY: Arcade, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55970-704-6 (hc) $26.00.

Freund, Peter. A Passion for Discovery. 240 pp. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2008. ISBN 978-981-277-214-5 (pb) $29.00.

Holton, Gerald. Victory and Vexation in Science: Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Others. xi + 229 pp., Illus., index. Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-67401519-3 (hc) $35.00.

Nishina Memorial Lectures: Creators of Modern Physics. Nishina Memorial Foundation, ed. Lectures Notes in Physics 746. New York, NY: Springer, 2008. ISBN 978-4-431-77055-8 (hc) $69.95.


[back to top] COLLECTED WORKS OF SCIENTISTS
(Including Unpublished Papers)

Gainor, C. To a Distant Day: The Rocket Pioneers. Outward Odyssey: A People’s History of Spaceflight. 236 pp. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8032-2209-0 (hc) $29.95

Jones, Sheilla. The Quantum Ten: A Story of Passion, Tragedy, Ambition, and Science. 336 pp. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19536909-0 (hc) $24.95.

Weiner, Richard M. Analogies in Physics and Life: A Scientific Biography. xviii + 395 pp., Notes, app., index. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2008. ISBN 978-981-270-470-2 (hc) $88.00. ISBN 978-981-270-471-9 (pb) $58.00.


[back to top] HISTORY OF ASTRONOMY, ASTROPHYSICS,
COSMOLOGY & SPACE SCIENCES

Barbree, J. “Live From Cape Canaveral”: Covering the Space Race, From Sputnik to Today. 321 pp. New York: Smithsonian Books/Harper-Collins, 2007. ISBN 978-0-06-123392-0 $26.95.

Giacconi, Riccardo. Secrets of the Hoary Deep: A Personal History of Modern Astronomy. 1952 pp., Photos, drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-0818-8809-0 (hc) $45.00.

Hutchins, Roger. British University Observatories 1773-1939. 560 pp., Illus. UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7546- 3250-4 (hc) $114.95.

Lockman, F.J. and F.D. Ghigo, D.S. Balser (eds). But It Was FUN: The First Forty Years of Radio Astronomy at Green Bank. 583 pp. Green Bank, WV: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9700411-3-5 (hc) $60.00.

Longair, Malcolm S. The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and Cosmology. xvi + 545 pp., Figs., indexes. Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN 0521474361 (hc) $60.00.

Stewart, Ian. Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry. ix + 283 pp., Index. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2008. ISBN 046-5- 08236X (pb) $16.95.


[back to top] HISTORY OF PHYSICS

Anastopoulos, Charis. Particle or Wave: The Evolution of the Concept of Matter in Modern Physics. xx + 410 pp., Illus., notes, index. Princeton & NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-691-13512-0 (hc) $35.00.

Balibar, Sébastien. The Atom and the Apple: Twelve tales from Contemporary Physics. 200 pp., Illus., halftones. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-691131085 (hc) $29.95.

Eisenstaedt, Jean. The Curious History of Relativity: How Einstein’s Theory of Gravity Was Lost and Found Again. Translated by Arturo Sangalli. ix + 363 pp., Illus., bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. ISBN 0691118655 (hc) $29.95.

Funaro, Daniele. Electromagnetism and the Structure of Matter. 204 pp. New Jersey: World Scientific 2008. ISBN 978-981-281- 451-7 (hc) $95.00.

Kane, Gordon, and Aaron Pierce (eds). Perspectives on the LHC. 325 pp. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2008. ISBN 978-981-975- 5 (hc) $88.00. ISBN 978-981-283-389-1 (pb) $48.00.

Kraus, Lawrence M. Fear of Physics. xv + 123 pp. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2007. ISBN 978-0-465002188. (pb) $15.95.

Peacock, K.A. The Quantum Revolution: A Historical Perspective. 220 pp. Greenwood Guides to Great Ideas in Science. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-313-33448-1 (hc) $65.00.

Quinn, Helen R., and Yossi Nir. The Mystery of the Missing Antimatter. 292 pp., Illus., halftones. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-691-13309-6 (hc) $29.95.

Schweber, Silvan S. Einstein and Oppenheimer: The Meaning of Genius. 432 pp. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-674-02828-0 (hc) $29.95.

Segrè, Gino. Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics. 310 pp. New York: Viking Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-670- 03858-9 (pb) $25.95.

Sessler, Andrew, and Edmund Wilson. Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators. 212 pp. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2007. ISBN 978-981-270-070-4 (hc) $65.00; ISBN 978-981-270-071-1 (pb) $37.00.

Steinhardt, Paul J., and Turok Neil. Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang. 284 pp. New York, NY: Doubleday, 2007. ISBN 978-0-385-52311-0 (hc) $24.95.

Stewart, Ian. Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry. ix + 283 pp., index. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2008. ISBN 046-5- 08236X (pb) $16.95.

Weiner, Richard M. Analogies in Physics and Life. 436 pp. New Jersey, World Scientific, 2008. ISBN 978-981-270-470-2 (hc) $88.00; ISBN 978-981-270-471-9 (pb) $58.00.


[back to top] HISTORY OF SCIENCES

Eksponf, Gösta (ed). Nobel Lectures 2001-2005. 520 pp. New Jersey, World Scientific, 2008. ISBN 978-981-279-447-5 (hc) $88.00; ISBN 978-981-279-448-2 (pb) $54.00.

Harkness, Deborah E. The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. 371 pp. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-030-011-196-5 (hc) $32.50.

Jenkins, J. William; Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son: The Most Extraordinary Collaboration in Science. 458 pp. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 9780-19-923520-9 (hc) $70.00.

May, Brian, Patrick Moore, and Chris Lintott. Bang! The Complete History of the Universe. 170 pp., Illus. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8018-8985-1 (hc) $29.95.

Pickover, Clifford. Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds Behind Them. 528 pp. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978 019533611-5 (hc) $27.95.


[back to top] INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENCE

Bowles, Mark D. Science in Flux: NASA’s Program at Plum Brook Station, 1955-2005, xxix + 335 pp., Illus., index. Washington, DC: 2006 NASA SP-2006-4317 $0 (digital), (hc) $49.00.

El Baradei, Mohamed. Atoms For Peace: A Pictorial History of the International Atomic Energy Agency. 189 pp. Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency, 2007. ISBN 978-92-0-103807-4 $71.60.

Gay, H. The History of Imperial College London, 1907-2007: Higher Education and Research in Science, Technology, and Medicine. 825 pp. London: Imperial College Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-86094-708-7 (hc) $98.00.

Hunner, J. Inventing Los Alamos: The Growth of an Atomic Community. 288 pp. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8061-6349 (pb) $19.95.

Lipartito, K., and Orville R. Butler. A History of the Kennedy Space Center. 478 pp. Gainesville, Fl: University Press of Florida, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8130-3069-2 (hc) $39.95.

Ndiaye, Pap A. Nylon and Bombs: DuPont and the March of Modern America. Translated by Elborg Forster. 289 pp., figs., tables, index. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-801884446 (hc) $45.00.

Vest, Charles M. The American Research University from World War II to World Wide Web: Governments, the Private Sector, and the Emerging Meta-University. 127 pp. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-520-25253-0 $24.95.


[back to top] SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Hentschel, Klaus. The Mental Aftermath: The Mentality of German Physics, 1945-1949. Translated from German by Ann M. Hentschel 205 pp. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-19-920566-0 (hc) $49.50.

Moore, K. Disrupting Science: Social Movements, American Scientists, and the Politics of the Military, 1945-1975. 311 pp. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-691-11352-4 (hc) $35.00.

Polkinghorne, John. Quantum Physics and Theology: An Unexpected Kinship. 128 pp. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-30013840-5 (pb) $15.00.

Siegmund-Schultze, and Sørensen Reinhard, Henrik Kragh (eds.) Perspectives on Scandinavian Science in the Early Twentieth Century. 352 pp., figs., tables, indexes. Oslo: Novus Forlag, 2006. (pb) Euro 36

Wohl, Robert. The Spectacle of Flight: Aviation and the Western Imagination, 1920-1950. 376 pp., Illus. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-30012265-9 (pb) $22.00.


[back to top] SCIENCE AND ART, ARCHITECTURE, AND MUSIC

Aczel, Amir D. The Artist and the Mathematician. ix + 229 pp., biblio., notes, index. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2007. ISBN 978-1560259312 (pb) $14.95.

Jackson, M. W. Harmonious Triads: Physicists, Musicians, and Instrument Makers in Nineteenth-Century Germany. 395 pp. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0-262-10116-5 (hc) $40.00.

Leibowitz, J.R. Hidden Harmony: The Connected Worlds of Physics and Art. 160 pp., Illus., drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8018-8866-3 (hc) $24.95.

Parkinson, Gavin. Surrealism, Art, and Modern Science. 256 pp., Illus. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN 978- 0-30009887-7 (hc) $60.00.


[back to top] SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY—ENERGY, EFFECTS ON ENVIRONMENT

Lumborg, Bjørn. Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global Warming. 272 pp. New York, NY: Random House, 2008. ISBN 978-0-307-38652-6 (pb) $13.95.


[back to top] SCIENCES AND THE MILITARY; ATOMIC WEAPONS

Bernstein, Jeremy. Plutonium—A History of the World’s Most Dangerous Element. 208 pp. Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press, 2007. ISBN 0309102960 (hc) $27.95.

Drell, S. D. Nuclear Weapons, Scientists, and the Post-Cold War Challenge: Selected Papers on Arms Control. 323 pp. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2007. ISBN 978-981-256-896-0 (hc) $87.00.

Kelly, C.C. (ed). The Manhattan Project: The Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians. 495 pp. New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal, 2007. ISBN 978-1-57912-747-3 (hc) $24.95.

Rhodes, R. Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race. 386 pp. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. ISBN 0-375- 414134 (hc) $28.95.


[back to top] HISTORY OF EARTH SCIENCES

Althoff, William F. Drift Station: Arctic Outposts of Superpower Science. xiii + 357 pp., Illus., bibl., index. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2007. ISBN 157-488-771-8 (hc) $39.95.

Benson, Keith R. and Helen M. Rozwadowski (eds). Extremes: Oceanography’s Adventure at the Poles. xiv + 393 pp., illus., bibl., index. Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications/USA, 2007. ISBN 978-0-88135-373-6 (hc) $54.95.

Kirsch, Scott. Proving Grounds: Project Plowshare and the Unrealized Dream of Nuclear Earthmoving. xi + 257 pp., figs, tables, index. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2005. ISBN 0813536669 (hc) $39.95.

Steward, Iain, and John Lynch. Earth: The Biography. 240 pp. New York, NY: Random House, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4262-0236-0 (hc) $35.00.


[back to top] HISTORY OF INSTRUMENTS

McConnell, Anita. Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800): London’s Leading Scientific Instrument Maker. 340 pp., illus. UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-0-7546-6136-8 (hc) $114.95.

Reeves, Eileen. Galileo’s Glassworks: The Telescope and the Mirror. 240 pp. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-674-02667-4 (hc) $21.95.


[back to top] HISTORY OF MATHEMATICS

Aczel, Amir D. The Artist and the Mathematician. ix + 229 pp., biblio, notes, index. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2007. ISBN 978-156-8583594 (hc) $14.95.

Barrow, John D. The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless. 352 pp. New York, NY: Vintage, 2006. ISBN 978-4000-3224-2 (pb) $15.95.

Gray, Jeremy J. and Karen Hunger Parshall (eds). Episodes in the History of Modern Algebra (1800-1950). viii + 336 pp. illus., index. Providence, RI: American Mathematics Society, 2007. ISBN 978-082184343-7 (hc) $69.00.

Kidwell, Peggy Aldrich, Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, and David Lindsay Roberts. Tools of American Mathematics Teaching, 1800-2000. 440 pp, drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8018-8814-4 (hc) $70.00.

Rudman, Peter S. How Mathematics Happened: The First 50,000 Years. 314 pp. New York, NY: Prometheus Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1-59102-477-4 (hc) $26.00.

Ruell, David. The Mathematician’s Brain: A Personal Tour Through the Essentials of Mathematics and Some of the Great Minds Behind Them. vii +172 pp., Illus. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0691129822 (hc) $22.95.

Szpiro, George G. Poincaré’s Prize: The Hundred-Year Quest to Solve One of Math’s Greatest Puzzles. 320 pp. New York, NY: Dunton Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-0-525-95024-9 (pb) $24.95.

Tubbs, Robert. What is a Number? Mathematical Concepts and Their Origins. 304 pp, drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0801-89017-8 (hc) $60.00. ISBN 978-0-8018-9018-5 (pb) $27.50.


[back to top] HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY

Denny, Mark. Blip, Ping, and Buzz: Making Sense of Radar and Sonar. 288 pp., Illus., drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8018-8665-2 (hc) $27.00.

Denny, Mark. Igenium: Five Machines That changed the World. 200 pp, drawings. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8018-8586-0 (hc) $25.00.

Hunley, J.D. The Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space—Launch Vehicles, 1926-1991. 383 pp. College Station, TX: Texas A & M University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-58544-588-2 (hc) $65.00.

Sessler, A. Wilson, E. Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators. 194 pp. Hackensack, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2007. ISBN 978-981-270-070-4 (hc) $54.00.

Shulman, Seth. The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret. 256 pp. New York, NY: Norton, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-06206-9 (hc) $24.95.

Thompson, Richard J. Jr. Crystal Clear: The Struggle for Reliable Communications Technology in World War II. viii + 230 pp., Illus., apps., bibl., index. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2006. ISBN 0470046066 (hc) $54.95.


[back to top] INDIVIDUAL BIOGRAPHIES & AUTOBIOGRAPHIES; ANALYSES OF A SCIENTIST’S WORK

[Clerke, Agnes Mary] Brück, M. T. Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics. 285 pp. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-052-1055796 (pb) $32.99.

[Eddington, Arthur Stanley] Stanley, M. Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A. S. Eddington. 313 pp. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-226-77097-0 (hc) $37.50.

[Einstein, Albert] Galison, Peter, Gerald Horton, and Silvan Schweber, (eds). Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture. 400 pp., Illus., halftones. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-69113520-5 (hc) $35.00.

[Einstein, Albert] Kennefick, Daniel. Traveling at the Speed of Thought: Einstein and the Quest for Gravitational Waves. xii + 319 pp., ill., bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 0691117276 (hc) $35.00.

[Einstein, Albert] David E. Rowe, and Robert Schulmann (eds). Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb. xxxiv + 523 pp., Illus., bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-8069110942 (hc) $29.95.

[Hawking, Stephen] Larsen, K. Stephen Hawking: A Biography. 215 pp. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1- 59102-574-0 (pb) $16.95.

[Meitner, Lise] Derado, Thea. Im Wirbel der Atome: Lise Meitner, Eine Frau geht ihren Weg (In the Turmoil of Atoms: Lise Meitner, A Woman Pursues Her Way). 240 pp. Germany: Kaufmann Verlag, 2007. ISBN 97837780630599, (hc) Euro 19,95.

[Mitchell, Maria] Booker, M.M. The Life of Maria Mitchell. 621 pp. Nantucket, MA: Mill Hill Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9612984- 8-7 (hc) $59.95.

[Newst, Walther] H.-G. Bartel, and R.P. Heubener. Walther Nernst: Pioneer of Physics and of Chemistry. 394 pp. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2007. ISBN 978-981-256-560-0 (hc) $62.00.

[Nobel, Alfred] Larsson, Ulf. Albert Nobel: Network of Innovation. 216 pp. USA: Science History Publications, 2008. ISBN 978- 0-8813-5399-0 (hc) $40.00.

[Oppenheimer, J. Robert] Kelly, Cynthia C. (ed.) Oppenheimer and the Manhattan Project: Insight into J. Robert Oppenheimer, “Father of the Atomic Bomb.” vii + 173 pp., Illus., bibl., index. Hackensack, New Jersey: World Scientific, 2006. ISBN 9812564187 (hc) $55.00.

[Panofsky, W.K.H] Panofsky, W.K.H. Panofsky on Physics, Politics, and Peace: Pief Remembers. 191 pp. New York, NY: Springer, 2007 ISBN 978-0-387-69731-4 (hc) $69.95.

[Richter, Charles F.] Hough, Susan Elizabeth. Richter’s Scale: Measure of an Earthquake, Measure of a Man. xii + 335 pp., Illus., bibl., index. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-691-12807-8 (hc) $27.95.

[Van Allen, James] Foerstner, A. James Van Allen: The First Eight Billion Miles. 322 pp. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-87745-999-6 (hc) $37.50.

[Von Braun, Wernher] Neufeld, M. J. Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War. 587 pp. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. ISBN 978-0-307-26292-9 (hc) $35.00.


[back to top] REFERENCE WORKS: ENCYCLOPEDIAS, HANDBOOKS etc.

Hockey, T., V Trimble, and T.R. Williams (eds). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Vols. 1 and 2. 1345 pp. set. New York, NY: Springer, 2007. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0 (hc) $499.00.

Mitton, Jacqueline. Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Astronomy. 416 pp., figs, maps. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0521823647 (hc) $35.00.

Stooke, Phillip J. The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration. 464 pp., maps. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 9780521819305 (hc) $190.00.


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