Recent Publications of Interest

Compiled by Alex Wellerstein

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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Annals of Science

Vol. 69, No. 1: Sebastian Whitestone, “Christian Huygens’ Lost and Forgotten Pamphlet of his Pendulum Invention.”

Vol. 69, No. 2: Roberto Lalli, “The Reception of Miller’s Ether-Drift Experiments in the USA: The History of a Controversy in Relativity Revolution.”

Archive for History of Exact Sciences

Vol. 66. No. 1: Miklós Rédei and Charlotte Werndl, “On the history of the isomorphism problem of dynamical systems with special regard to von Neumann’s contribution.”

Vol. 66. No. 3: Helge Kragh, “Preludes to dark energy: zero-point energy and vacuum speculations”; J. A. Ruffner, “Newton’s De gravitatione: a review and reassessment.”

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Vol. 35, No. 1: Gebhard Löhr, “Max Planck – ein Gegner des Christentums? Die Debatte um Plancks Haltung zur Religion nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg.”

British Journal for the History of Science

Vol. 44, No. 4: Pedro Ruiz-Castell, “Priority claims and public disputes in astronomy: E.M. Antoniadi, J. Comas i Solà and the search for authority and social prestige in the early twentieth century.”

Vol. 55, No. 1: Matthew Stanley, “By design: James Clerk Maxwell and the evangelical unification of science”; Graham Spinardi, “The limits to ‘spin-off’: UK defence R & D and the development of gallium arsenide technology.”


Vol. 53, No. 4: Helge Kragh, “A Controversial Molecule: The Early History of Triatomic Hydrogen.”

Vol. 54, No. 1: Frances Willmoth, “Römer, Flamsteed, Cassini and the Speed of Light.”

CERN Courier

Vol. 51, No. 9: Anatoly Shepelev and David Larbalestier, “The discovery of type II superconductors.”

Vol. 51, No. 10: Maria Fidecaro and Christine Sutton, “Zehui He: following a different road.”

Vol. 52, No. 2: Lina Galtieri and Jeanne Miller, “Luis Alvarez: the ideas man.”

Diplomatic History

Vol. 36, No. 3: Sean L. Malloy, “ ‘A very pleasant way to die’: Radiation effects and the decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan.”

Historia Scientiarum

Vol. 20, No. 1: “How Physical Laws Were Understood in Mid-19th Century East Asia : A Comparative Study of Choe Hangi and Nishi Amane”; “Far Eastern Vacuum and Electricity : Augustin Hallerstein and Experimental Correspondence between Beijing and Europe.”

Vol. 20, No. 2: “Success from Different Programs : The Development of Experimental Researches on Thermal Radiation in Germany at the End of the 19th Century.”

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

Vol. 42, No. 1: Megan Barnhart Sethi, “Information, Education, and Indoctrination: The Federation of American Scientists and Public Communication Strategies in the Atomic Age.”

Vol. 42, No. 2: Patrick David Slaney, “Eugene Rabinowitch, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the Nature of Scientific Internationalism in the Early Cold War.”

History of Geo- and Space Sciences

Vol. 3, No. 1: N. Ptitsyna and A. Altamore, “Father Secchi and the first Italian magnetic observatory.”


Vol. 102, No. 4: David Philip Miller, “The Paradoxes of Patenting at General Electric: Isador Ladoff’s Journey from Siberian Exile to the Heart of Corporate Capitalism.”

Vol. 103, No. 1: Thomas Broman, “Metaphysics for an Enlightened Public: The Controversy over Monads in Germany, 1746–1748”; David Kaiser, “A Tale of Two Textbooks: Experiments in Genre.”

Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Vol. 66, No. 1: David Cahan, “Helmholtz and the British scientific elite: From force conservation to energy conservation”; Diarmid A. Finnegan, “James Croll, metaphysical geologist.”

Vol. 66, No. 2: Shaul Katzir, “Who knew piezoelectricity? Rutherford and Langevin on submarine detection and the invention of sonar”; Neil Todd, “The Radium Committee of the Royal Society and the fate of the substances purchased by it.”

Physics in Perspective

Vol. 14, No. 1: T. James M. Boyd, “George Hartley Bryan, Ludwig Boltzmann, and the Stability of Flight”; Francesco Guerra, Matteo Leone and Nadia Robotti, “The Discovery of Artificial Radioactivity”; Ruth Lewin Sime, “The Politics of Forgetting: Otto Hahn and the German Nuclear-Fission Project in World War II.”

Vol. 14, No. 2: Jeroen van Dongen, “Mistaken Identity and Mirror Images: Albert and Carl Einstein, Leiden and Berlin, Relativity and Revolution”; Rodolfo Rosa, “The Merli–Missiroli–Pozzi Two- Slit Electron-Interference Experiment”; Norton M. Hintz, “My Life in Nuclear Physics, Photography, and Opera.”

Physics Today

Vol. 64, No. 12: Deborah Kent, “The curious aftermath of Neptune’s discovery.”

Vol. 65, No. 1: Chen Ning Yang, “Quantum numbers, Chern classes, and a bodhisattva.”

Vol. 65, No. 2: Per Carlson, “A century of cosmic rays”; Vladimir Shiltsev, “Mikhail Lomonosov and the dawn of Russian science.”

Vol. 65, No. 5: Alex Wellerstein, “A tale of openness and secrecy: The Philadelphia Story.”

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Vol. 42, No. 1: Alexander Pechenkin, “The early statistical interpretations of quantum mechanics in the USA and USSR”; Allen Clark Dotson, “Popper and Dingle on special relativity and the issue of symmetry.”

Vol. 42, No. 2: Christina Conroy, “The relative facts interpretation and Everett’s note added in proof.”

Technology and Culture

Vol. 53, No. 2: R. Scott Kemp, “The end of Manhattan: How the gas centrifuge changed the quest for nuclear weapons.”

Vol. 53, No. 3: Sean F. Johnston, “Making the invisible engineer visible: DuPont and the recognition of nuclear expertise.”


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