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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Physics in Perspective

Vol. 11, No. 3: Silvio R. Dahmen, “Boltzmann and the Art of Flying”; S. S. Schweber, “Weimar Physics: Sommerfeld’s Seminar and the Causality Principle”; Maria Cecilia von Reichenbach, “Richard Gains: The First Quantum Physicist in Latin America”; Giacomo Grasso, Carlo Oppici, Federico Rocchi, and Marco Sumini, “A Neutronics Study of the 1945 Haigerloch B-VIII Nuclear Reactor”.

Vol. 11, No. 4: John Crepeau, “Loschmidt, Stefan, and Stigler’s Law of Eponymy”; Frencesco Guerra and Nadia Robotti, “Enrico Fermi’s Discovery of Neutron-Induced Artificial Radioactivity: The Influence of His Theory of Beta Decay”; Dieter Hoffmann, “Fritz Lange, Klaus Fuchs, and the Remigration of Scientists to East Germany”; B. Cameron Reed, “Centrifugation during the Manhattan Project”; Edvige Schettino, “The Physics Museum of the University of Naples ‘Federico II’”.

Vol. 12, No. 1: Christopher M. Graney, “Seeds of a Tychonic Revolution: Telescopic Observations of the Stars by Galileo Galilei and Simon Marius”; Ildikó J. Vincze and István Jankovics, “Eugen von Gothard and His X-Ray Experiments”; Jeremy Bernstein, “John von Neumann and Klaus Fuchs: An Unlikely Collaboration”; Ray Essen, “Louis Essen and the Velocity of Light: From Wartime Radar to Unit of Length”; John David Jackson, “A Personal Adventure in Muon-Catalyzed Fusion”; Gerd Kortemeyer and Catherine Westfall, “The Physical Tourist: A European Study Course”.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Vol. 40, No. 3: Peter Vickers, “Was Newtonian Cosmology Really Inconsistent?”

Vol. 40, No. 4 (Special Issue, “On the History of the Quantum”): Olival Freire, Jr., “Quantum Dissidents: Research on the Foundations of Quantum Theory circa 1970”; Kristian Camilleri, “A History of Entanglement: Decoherence and the Interpretation Problem”; Suman Seth, “Zweideutigkeit and ‘Zweideutigkeit’: Sommerfeld, Pauli, and the Methodological Origins of Quantum Mechanics”; Jaume Navarro, “‘A Dedicated Missionary’: Charles Galton Darwin and the New Quantum Mechanics in Britain”; Arianna Borrelli, “The Emergence of Selection Rules and Their Encounter with Group Theory, 1913–1927”; Christian Joas and Christoph Lehner, “The Classical Roots of Wave Mechanics: Schrödinger’s Transfor-mation of the Optical-Mechanical Analogy”; Anthony Duncan and Michel Janssen, “From Canonical Transformations to Transformation Theory, 1926–1927: The Road to Jordan’s Neue Begründung”; Donald Salisbury, “Léon Rosenfeld and the Challenge of the Vanishing Momentum in Quantum Electrodynamics”; Guido Bacciagaluppi and Elise Crull, “Heisenberg (and Schrödinger and Pauli) on Hidden Variables”; Daniela Monaldi, “A Note on the Prehistory of Indistinguishable Particles”; Dieter Fick and Horst Kant, “Walther Bothe’s Contributions to the Understanding of the Wave-Particle Duality of Light”.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A

Vol. 40, No. 3: Hylarie Kochiras, “Gravity and Newton’s Substance Counting Problem”; Andrew T. Domondon, “Kuhn, Popper, and the Superconducting Supercollider”.

Vol. 41, No. 1: Steffen Ducheyne, “Whewell’s Tidal Researches: Scientific Practice and Philosophical Methodology”; Nadine de Courtenay, “The Epistemological Virtues of Assumptions: Toward a Coming of Age of Boltzmann and Meinong’s Objections to ‘the Prejudice in Favor of the Actual’?”; Michael S. Evans, “Achieving Continuity: A Story of Stellar Magnitude”.

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

Vol. 39, No. 4: Helge Kragh, “The Spectrum of the Aurora Borealis: From Enigma to Laboratory Science”; Shaul Katzir, “Hermann Aron’s Electricity Meters: Physics and Invention in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany”.

British Journal for the History of Science

Vol. 42, No. 4: Paolo Palmieri, “A Phenomenology of Galileo’s Experiments with Pendulums”.

Vol. 43, No. 1: John Fisher, “Conjectures and Reputations: The Composition and Reception of James Bradley’s Paper on the Aberration of Light with Some References to a Third Unpublished Edition”.

Science in Context

Vol. 22, No. 4: Helge Kragh, “Continual Fascination: The Oscillating Universe in Modern Cosmology”.

Vol. 23, No. 1: Steinar Thorvaldsen, “Early Numerical Analysis in Kepler’s Astronomy”.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences

Vol. 63, No. 6: Jeroen van Dongen, “On the Role of the Michelson-Morley Experiment: Einstein in Chicago”.

Perspectives on Science

Vol. 17, No. 4: Edward Slowik, “Newton’s Metaphysics of Space: A ‘Tertium Quid’ betwixt Substantivalism and Relationism, or Merely a ‘God of the (Rational Mechanical) Gaps’?”; James A. Marcum, “The Nature of Light and Color: Goethe’s ‘Der Versuch als Vermittler’ versus Newton’s Experimentum Crucis”.

Vol. 18, No. 1 is a special issue on Marin Mersenne, which includes: Antoni Malet and Daniele Cozzoli, “Mersenne and Mixed Mathematics”; Daniele Cozzoli, “The Development of Mersenne’s Optics”; Carla Rita Palmerino, “Experiments, Mathematics, Physical Causes: How Mersenne Came to Doubt the Validity of Galileo’s Law of Free Fall”; additional articles address Mersenne’s theology and music theory.

Annals of Science

Vol. 66, No. 4: Helge Kragh, “Contemporary History of Cosmology and the Controversy over the Multiverse.”

Vol. 67, No. 1: David Cahan, “Helmholtz in Gilded-Age America: The International Electrical Congress of 1893 and the Relations of Science and Technology”; Edward Jurkowitz, “Helmholtz’s Early Empiricism and the Erhaltung der Kraft”.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Vol. 64, No. 1: J. S. Rowlinson, “James Joule, William Thomson and the Concept of a Perfect Gas.”

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Vol. 40, No. 4 (Special Issue: Kepler’s Cosmos: Bridging the Disciplines): Nick Jardine, “Kepler as Transgressor and Amalgamator of Disciplines”; Patrick J. Boner, “A Tenuous Tandem: Patrizi and Kepler on the Origins of Stars”; Miguel A. Granada, “Novelties in the Heavens between 1572 and 1604 and Kepler’s Unified View of Nature”; Aviva Rothman, “Forms of Persuasion: Kepler, Galileo, and the Dissemination of Copernicanism”; A. D. C. Simpson, “The Beginnings of Commercial Manufacture of the Reflecting Telescope in London”.

Vol. 41, No. 1: J. B. Holberg, “Sirius B and the Measurement of the Gravitational Redshift”.

Physics Today

Vol. 62, No. 10: Russell J. Donnelly, “The Two-Fluid Theory and Second Sound in Liquid Helium” (on the work of Laszlo Tisza).

Vol. 62, No. 11: Graham Farmelo, “Paul Dirac, a Man Apart”.

Vol. 62, No. 12: Robert P. Crease, “Charles Sanders Peirce and the First Absolute Measurement Standards”; John C. Bryner, “Stiff-String Theory: Richard Feynman on Piano Tuning”.

Vol. 63, No. 1: Siegfried Bodenmann, “The 18th-Century Battle over Lunar Motion”; Donald F. Nelson, Robert J. Collins, and Wolfgang Kaiser, “Bell Labs and the Ruby Laser”.

American Journal of Physics

Vol. 77, No. 10: Gerd Kortemeyer and Catherine Westfall, “History of Physics: Outing the Hidden Curriculum?”

Vol. 77, No. 11: Jeremy Bernstein, “P.A.M. Dirac: Some Strangeness in the Proportion”.

Foundations of Physics

Vol. 40, No. 2: Nicholas Harrigan and Robert W. Spekkens, “Einstein, Incompleteness, and the Epistemic View of Quantum States”.

CERN Courier

Vol. 49, No. 7: Christine Sutton, “Steven Weinberg: Master Builder of the Standard Model”; Donald Cundy and Christine Sutton, “Gargamelle, The Tale of a Giant Discovery”.

Vol. 49, No. 8: Leon Lederman, “Life in Physics and the Crucial Sense of Wonder”.

Vol. 49, No. 9: “When LEP, CERN’s First Big Collider, Saw Beam”; “PS and LEP: A Walk Down Memory Lane”; reprinted from 1969, Hildred Blewett, “A Night to Remember”; Christine Sutton, “Roy Glauber Casts a Light on Particles”.

Vol. 49, No. 10: Erich Lohrmann and Paul Söding, “DESY Marks 50 Years of Accelerator Research”; Albrecht Wagner, “Looking Back on DESY: A Personal Recollection”; and assembled from the CERN Courier archives, “The Nobel Path to a Unified Electroweak Theory”.

Physics World

Vol. 22, No. 8: Gordon Fraser, “A Tale of Two Minds” on Abdus Salam and Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Vol. 23, No. 1: Lucy Calder and Ofer Lahav, “Dark Energy: How the Paradigm Shifted”.

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