AIP History Center Newsletter
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Spring 1996 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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William Fowler and Charles Barnes (at the piano) singing on the occasion of Fowler's 70th birthday party at Caltech, 1981. Charles Holbrow, who donated this photo to AIP, writes: "The party was reminiscent of the many such parties that Willy enjoyed and which were a familiar part of the social life of students and faculty at Caltech's Kellogg Radiation Laboratory." Photo by Mary R. Holbrow.

"A textbook is a sort of table d'hôte to which any one may sit down and satisfy his hunger for information, with no thought of the complex agricultural processes which gave rise to the raw materials, nor of the mills which converted these raw materials into foodstuffs, nor of the arts of cookery responsible for the well-prepared meal which is set before him." --Gilbert N. Lewis and Merle Randall

W. Maurice Ewing with the Lamont-Doherty's oceanographic research vessel Vema. Courtesy Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Bernard Peters explaining heavy primaries in cosmic radiation to Nikita Khrushchev during Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin's visit to the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Bombay, 1956. Left to right: Peters, Homi Bhabha, Khrushchev, interpreter, Bulganin. From a collection of photographs donated by Mrs. Peters; we are grateful to Finn Aaserud for aid in the transfer.

The Solar Physics Observatory in South Kensington, London, at the end of the 19th century, on the site now occupied by the Science Museum. In the background is the Science Schools Building (Royal College of Science and Royal School of Mines), now a wing of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

"[The physicist's] view of the past and present history of his subject is likely to be unduly influenced by what he expects from the future and what he is trying to realize today. But this is the common fate of all who have adopted a world of ideas as their dwelling-place. He is in just the same plight as the historian, who also, even though unconsciously, disposes events of the past around ideals that he has formed of human society." --Albert Einstein

Eugene Wigner with his daughter Erika Zimmerman, ca. 1930. We are grateful to his widow, Eileen Hamilton Wigner, for this and other fine photos.

Pieter Zeeman (left) and Robert W. Wood, from yet another set of fine photographs donated to the AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives by the indefatigable Victor Ya. Frenkel.

International cooperation among physicists, June 1937. Max von Laue making adjustments to his car somewhere between Vienna and Herzogenberg. Left to right: Mrs. Lindsay, Evelyn Lindsay, Robert Lindsay, a son of Herman Mark, Paul Ewald, Mrs. Mark (partially hidden), v. Laue, Mrs. v. Laue (partially hidden), other Mark son.

On Rax Alp, Austria: Mrs. Lindsay, Robert Lindsay, Evelyn Lindsay, Hans Thirring, Miss Arrhenius (daughter of Svante Arrhenius). From the collection of R. Bruce Lindsay.

"History [of science]... could produce a decisive transformation in the image of science by which we are now possessed. That image has previously been drawn... mainly from the study of finished scientific achievements as these are recorded in the classics and, more recently, in the textbooks... Inevitably, however, the aim of such books is persuasive and pedagogic; a concept of science drawn from them is no more likely to fit the enterpise that produced them than an image of national culture drawn from a tourist brochure or a language text." -- Thomas S. Kuhn

Allen V. Astin ca. 1961.

Bernard Feld, Julian Schwinger and Norman Ramsey at Los Alamos, 1944.

Mystery photo: can you help us identify two people? This photo is from the Darrow Collection of the Emilio Segrè Visual Archives; the man in the middle is surely Karl K. Darrow, but who are those fellows with him?

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