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Fall 1999 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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photo, Mary K. Hudson
photo, Harold Ulrick Sverdrup
photo, Wallace S. Broecker
These are three of the many portraits that the Niels Bohr Library recently copied from the American Geophysical Union's collection of pictures of prizewinners and officers. The copying will provide improved access and preservation.
At left: Mary K. Hudson, 1984 Macelwane Medalist; Center: Harold Ulrick Sverdrup, 1951 Bowie Medalist; At right: Wallace S. Broecker, 1979 Ewing Medalist. American Geophysical Union, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives.

To find in the works of science in the past, that which is not and cannot be superseded, is perhaps the most important part of our quest. A true humanist must know the life of science as he knows the life of art and the life of religion.

--George Sarton

photo, Edwin L. Goldwasser
photo, Robert Resnick
photo, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Ernest Lawrence
At left: Edwin L. Goldwasser bicycling on the Fermilab grounds, October 1968. Fermilab, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives; Center: Robert Resnick lecturing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, November 1987. AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives, Resnick Collection; At right: J. Robert Oppenheimer and Ernest Lawrence, 1932. Molly B. Lawrence, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives.

Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.


illustration of a galvonometer
A galvonometer at Cornell University. A century ago, the design of new laboratory buildings revolved around provisions for delicate electrical experiments, and training students in electrical instrumentation for industry was a major new source of employment for physics professors. From Edward L. Nichols, The Galvanometer: a Series of Lectures (1894). This is one of the many old books in the Niels Bohr library that have been checked this year for brittle paper. We are seeking funds to safeguard the most endangered books through microfilming.
illustration, generating vortex rings
Generating vortex rings, an illustration in A.E. Dolbear, Modes of Motion, or Mechanical Conceptions of Physical Phenomena (Boston, 1897). "It is thought by some persons not improbable," wrote Prof. Dolbear, "that the atoms of matter are minute vortex rings of ether..." Vortices of air carry momentum and energy, move in straight lines, collide off one another or may join to form a single ring, etc. And in the universal, frictionless ether that some physicists at the turn of the century hypothesized, vortex rings would last indefinitely. "Such a conception makes the atoms of matter a form of motion of the ether." (pp. 28-32)

We have more to learn from the vast store of wisdom gathered by human beings over the long span of recorded time than we do from yesterday's newspapers. Our ancestors were great adventurers and discoverers, and in their company we are more likely to encounter new things than in that of the fashionable and the memoryless.

--Frederick Turner

photo, Gerard 't Hooft and Chen Ning Yang

Gerard 't Hooft and Chen Ning Yang, Tokyo, August 1995. AIP Emilio Segre Visual Archives, gift of
Dr. 't Hooft.

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