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Spring 2009 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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Mystery Photo

James Dewar lecturing at the Royal Institution, London, England, in 1904. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection.

Website Q&A
Can I find any voice clips of Einstein on the History Center and Library Website?

Yes. On the Center/Library main page, click on image of Einstein, Marie Curie, and Andrei Sakharov, select “Einstein: Image and Impact” web exhibit, select “More Einstein Info and Links,” and lastly, click on an audio file link.

Image of Robert Aitken looking through a 12-inch telescope Image of James Dewar with laboratory equipment
Robert Aitken views the sky through a 12-inch telescope. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Douglas Aitken Collection.
James Dewar with laboratory equipment. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, W.F. Meggers Collection.

Whatever a scientist is doing—reading, cooking, talking, playing—science thoughts are always there at the edge of the mind. They are the way the world is taken in; all that is seen is filtered through an ever-present scientific musing.

—Vivian Gornick, Women in Science, p. 39

Image of Robert Resnick with a graduate student Image of Margaret Geller, Steve Shechtman, and Vera Rubin
Robert Resnick (left) with a graduate student in the Learning Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, ca. 1977. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Resnick Collection. Left to right: Margaret Geller, Steve Shechtman, and Vera Rubin sitting outdoors at Keystone College, 1992. Credit: Max-Planck Institute, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

The greatest event in the world today is not the awakening of Asia, nor the rise of communism—vast and portentious as those events are. It is the advent of a new way of living, due to science, a change in the conditions of work and the structure of society which began not so very long ago in the West, and is now reaching out over all mankind.

—Vannevar Bush

Image of Heisenberg, et al
Seated from left to right: S.S. Rao, Abhijit Dey, Devendramohan Bose, Werner Heisenberg, Krishnan Kariamanikkam, and Satyendranath Bose at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science in Calcutta, India. October 8, 1929. Credit: Max-Planck Institute, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Fields of learning are surrounded ultimately only by illusory boundaries, like the ‘rooms’ in a hall of mirrors. It is when the illusion is penetrated that progress takes place. . . . Likewise science cannot be regarded as a thing apart, to be studied, admired or ignored. It is a vital part of our culture, our culture is part of it, it permeates our thinking, and its continued separateness from what is fondly called ‘the humanities’ is a preposterous practical joke on all thinking men.

—William S. Beck, Modern Science and the Nature of Life, 1957

Image of Steinmetz canoeing Heisenberg and Fermi
Charles Steinmetz preferred to work out deep mathematical calculations in solitude near his camp on the Mohawk River near Schenectady, New York. His fair-weather office consisted of some paper, a box of pencils, a paddle, and a board balanced across his canoe. Credit: Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. Left to right: Hans-Peter Dürr and Werner Heisenberg at a blackboard in Munich. Credit: Max-Planck Institute, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Image of Dzelepov, et al

Left to right: Boris S. Dzelepov (in dark suit), Hans Bethe, and Werner Heisenberg outdoors at the International Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, July 4–11, 1962. Photo credit: Michael J. Moravcsik, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives.

Website Q&A
How many editions of James Clerk Maxwell’s watershed work Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism are in the Niels Bohr Library & Archives?

Four: 1873, 1881, 1892, and 1883, plus an authorized German translation, a 20th-century edited edition, and J.J. Thomson’s Notes on recent researches in electricity and magnetism, intended as a sequel to Professor Clerk-Maxwell’s
Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (1893). How to find: On the Center/Library’s main page, click on Books in the left-hand menu. Search for Maxwell as author and Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism as title.

Image of Spano, the Segre group Image of Casimir, et al
Spano, the Segrè group at Los Alamos in late 1943. Left to right: Clyde Wiegand, G.A. Linenberger, M. Kahn, Owen Chamberlain, George Farwell, J. Miskel, Ann Kahn, Bill Nobles, John Jungerman, Emilio Segrè, and Martin Deutsch. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives, Segrè Collection. Left to right: Hendrik Casimir (kneeling), Bart Bok, George Uhlenbeck, Samuel Goudsmit, Paul Ehrenfest, Mrs. Jaantje Logher Goudsmit, Enrico Fermi and Mrs. Else Uhlenbeck (sitting in front of Casimir). Credit: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Image of a Schwarzschild drawing Drawing by Alfred Schwarzschild, oldest brother of Karl Schwarzschild, on the birth of Martin Schwarzschild. Below Karl S.: Alfred S., R. Emden, and parents of Karl S. Text in German reads: Im Geiste sind sie alle da, Und rufen hipp, hipp, hipp, hurra! Ganz der Papa, ganz die Mama! Guss Alfred, which roughly translates as “In spirit they’re all there, shouting ‘hip, hip, hurray!’ That’s our Pop and Mom! Greetings, Alfred.” Date: May 31, 1912. Credit: AIP Emilio Segrč Visual Archives.

The astonishing successes of western science have not been gained by answering every kind of question, but precisely by refusing to. Science has deliberately set narrow limits to the kinds of questions that belong to it, and further limits to the questions peculiar to each branch. It has practiced an austere modesty, a rejection of claims to universal authority.

—Mary Midgley, “Can Science Save Its Soul?” New Scientist, August 1, 1992

Image of Tykociner

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Birth of Sound of Film. Scene on June 9, 1922, in lecture room 100 of the Physics laboratory, when Professor Joseph T. Tykociner gave the world’s first public demonstration of sound-on-film movies. His work caused the old system of “pictures on film, sound on phonograph discs,” to be discarded. Tykociner is behind the desk, looking at the horn microphone. Beside him is the first sound-picture camera. At far right of the table is the first sound-picture projector. Headphones hanging from the table or a loudspeaker were used to hear the sound. Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Website Q&A
How can I find photos for a class presentation? Say, of one of the first satellites put up by the United States in 1958?

On the History Center home page (, click on “Emilio Segrè Visual Archives,” then execute an advanced search with terms like “Explorer” (one of those first satellites) and maybe a name of a famous person involved in the early satellite program, such as Werner von Braun or James Van Allen. You can also search for “Satellite” and see what you get, but it’s a broader term and yields other kinds of items, too.

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