Recent Publications of Interest

Compiled by Will Thomas

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 index:

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In Physics in Perspective, Vol. 11, No. 1, Robert Crease presents "The National Synchrotron Light Source, Part II: The Bakeout"; Laszlo Tisza reflects on his career in an interview with Andor Frenkel in "Adventures of a Theoretical Physicist, Part I: Europe"; and Roman Jackiw remembers, "Hans Bethe, My Teacher". In No. 2, Tisza presents "Part II: America" of his "Adventures" interview; Gennady Gorelik presents, "The Paternity of the H-Bombs: Soviet-American Perspectives;" Walter Harrison presents a history of an early phase in the physics of semiconductors in "Finding the Energy Bands of Silicon;" while Paul Halpern offers a tour of the physics history of his city in "Philadelphia: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Physics".

Vol. 40, No. 2 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics presents Stefano Osnaghi, Fábio Freitas, Olival Freire Jr., "The Origin of the Everettian Heresy;" Olivier Darrigol consolidates the gains of a decidedly complex historiography in "A Simplified Genesis of Quantum Mechanics;" while Harvey Brown, Wayne Myrvold, and Jos Uffink present "Boltzmann’s H-Theorem, Its Discontents, and the Birth of Statistical Mechanics."

Vol. 40, No. 2 of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A offers Jan Frercks, Heiko Weber, and Gerhard Wiesenfeldt’s piece "Reception and Discovery: The Nature of Johann Wilhelm Ritter’s Invisible Rays" on the discovery of ultraviolet radiation.

The last two issues of Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences (the former Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences) contain only one article on physics: Tom Scheiding, "Paying for Knowledge One Page at a Time: The Author Fee in Physics in Twentieth-Century America," in Vol. 39, No. 2.

British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 42, No. 2 contains "Some Reflections on Newton’s Principia," by E. B. Davies; and "Einstein in Portugal: Eddington’s Expedition to Principe and the Reactions of Portuguese Astronomers (1917–1925)" by Elsa Mota, Paulo Crawford, and Ana Simões. No. 3 presents "Arthur Cowper Ranyard, Knowledge and the Reproduction of Astronomical Photographs in the Late Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press" by James Mussell.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Vol. 63, No. 3, features Martin Niss, "History of the Lenz-Ising Model, 1950–1965: From Irrelevance to Relevance;" and Nissan Zeldes, "Giulio Racah and Theoretical Physics in Jerusalem."

Science in Context, Vol. 22, No. 2 features Lambert Williams and William Thomas, "The Epistemologies of Non-Forecasting Simulations, Part II: Climate, Chaos, Computing Style, and the Contextual Plasticity of Error," which discusses the relationship between the development of computer models of physical phenomena and the growth of chaos studies. No. 3 is a special issue dedicated to "Science in the Mountains," and has two articles on mountain-based observatories: Catherine Nisbett Becker’s "Professionals on the Peak;" and Stéphane Le Gars and David Aubin’s "The Elusive Placelessness of the Mont-Blanc Observatory (1893–1909): The Social Underpinnings of High-Altitude Observation."

Centaurus, Vol. 51, No. 3 features Victor Bonifácio, Isabel Malaquias, and João Fernandes, "Taking Internal Advantage of External Events—Two Astronomical Examples From Nineteenth Century Portugal."

Perspectives on Science, Vol. 17, No. 2 contains "Kepler’s Optical Part of Astronomy (1604): Introducing the Ecliptic Instrument" by Giora Hon and Yaakov Zik.

Annals of Science, Vol. 66, No. 2 presents Helge Kragh’s "The Solar Element: A Reconsideration of Helium’s Early History," while No. 3 features Aitor Anduaga’s "Sydney Chapman and the Layering of the Atmosphere: Conceptual Unity and the Modelling of the Ionosphere;" Faidra Papanelopoulou’s "The International Association of Refrigeration through the Correspondence of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes and Charles-Édouard Guillaume, 1908–1914;" and Ja Hyon Ku’s "Uses and Forms of Instruments: Resonator and Tuning Fork in Rayleigh’s Acoustical Experiments."

History of Science, Vol. 47, No. 3 presents Simon Schaffer, "Newton on the Beach: The Information Order of Principia Mathematica;" and Sofie Lachapelle, "Science on Stage: Amusing Physics and Scientific Wonder at the Nineteenth-Century French Theatre."

Vol. 32, No. 2 of Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte contains "Gangarten des Rationalen. Zu den Zeitstrukturen der Quantenrevolution," by Michael Stöltzner on the temporal aspects of the historiography of the quantum revolution.

In Vol. 63, No. 1 of Notes and Records of the Royal Society, A. James McQuillan recalls "The Discovery of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering;" in No. 2 Elizabeth Andrews presents "Windows on a Lilliputian World: A Personal Perspective on the Development of Electron Microscopy in the Twentieth Century;" while in No. 3 Iwan Rhys Morus brings us "Radicals, Romantics and Electrical Showmen: Placing Galvanism at the End of the English Enlightenment."

Minerva, Vol. 47, No. 1 presents Sean Johnston’s "Implanting a Discipline: The Academic Trajectory of Nuclear Engineering in the USA and UK;" No. 2 presents Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim’s "Containing the Atom: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and Nuclear Power in the United States and South Korea."

In the Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 40, No. 1 Helge Kragh discusses "The Second Moon of the Earth;" Luciano Boschiero writes about "Giovanni Borelli and the Comets of 1664–65;" A. E. L. Davis discusses "Kepler’s ‘Via Ovalis Composita’: Unity from Diversity;" and Robert W. Smith presents "Beyond the Galaxy: The Development of Extragalactic Astronomy 1885–1965, Part 2." No 2. brings us J. B. Holberg, "The Discovery of the Existence of White Dwarf Stars: 1862–1930;" Andrea Gualandi and Fabrizio Bònoli, "The Search for Stellar Paralaxes and the Discovery of the Aberration of Light: The Observational Proofs of the Earth’s Revolution, Eustachio Manfredi, and the ‘Bologna Case’;" Anastasia Guidi Itokazu, "On the Equivalence of Hypotheses in Part 1 of Johannes Kepler’s New Astronomy;" and Ernan McMullin, "The Galileo Affair: Two Decisions". In No. 3, François Wesemael discusses "Harkins, Perrin and the Alternative Paths to the Solution of the Stellar Energy Problem, 1915–1923;" and Ileana Chinnici explains "The Relationship between the Ramsden Circles at Palermo and Dunsink."

The April issue of Physics Today was dedicated to the life of John Wheeler, and features Kenneth Ford on "John Wheeler’s Work on Particles, Nuclei, and Weapons;" Charles Misner, Kip Thorne, and Wojciech Zurek on "John Wheeler, Relativity, and Quantum Information;" and Terry Christensen on "John Wheeler’s Mentorship: An Enduring Legacy;" as well as two articles from the archives written by Wheeler. The June issue featured T. N. Narasimhan’s "The dichotomous history of diffusion;" and Joseph Anderson and Orville Butler’s "Industrial R&D in Transition," which discusses their findings in AIP’s recently-concluded History of Physics in Industry project. The August issue presents Ad Lagendijk, Bart van Tiggelen, and Diederik Wiersma’s "Fifty Years of Anderson Localization."

The Vol. 49, No. 2 issue of the CERN Courier Paola Catapano speaks with George Charpak in "Hardwired for Science". In No. 3 Keith Potter and other former colleagues remember "Franco Bonaudi: Wise Spirit of the Early CERN." Issue No. 6 celebrates 50 years of the Courier with "Those Were the Days: Discovering the Gluon" by John Ellis; "Giuseppe Cocconi and His Love of the Cosmos" by Ugo Amaldi, Guido Barbiellini, Maria Fidecaro and Giorgio Matthiae; "1959: The Birth of the CERN Courier" by Roger Anthoine; a selection of highlights from the past fifty years; and a reprint of the entire first issue.

Vol. 77, No. 6 of the American Journal of Physics features Wolfgang Rindler, "Gödel, Einstein, Mach, Gamow, and Lanczos: Gödel’s Remarkable Excursion into Cosmology;" while No. 9 presents Eugene Hecht, "Einstein on Mass and Energy."

In the March 2009 issue of Physics World, Maurice Finocchiaro discusses "The Galileo Affair". In the May issue, Eugenie Samuel Reich recounts the exploits of Jan Hendrik Schön in "The Rise and Fall of a Physics Fraudster," an abridgement of her new book, Plastic Fantastic.

The May 2009 issue of Sky and Telescope features L. Robert Morris, "The Day the Moon Stood Still," on a 1973 airborne solar-eclipse expedition. Albert Van Helden reviews the question of "Who Invented the Telescope?" in the July issue. In the September issue, Marcia Bartusiak looks at the career of Vesto Slipher in "The Cosmologist Left Behind."

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