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. 12, No. 2: Michael S. Reidy, “John Tyndall’s Vertical Physics: From Rock Quarries to Ice Peaks”; Trevor C. Weekes, “The Nineteenth-Century Spiral Nebula Whodunit”; Milena Wazeck, “The 1922 Einstein Film: Cinematic Innovation and Public Controversy”; Ursula Pavlish, “Robert Vivian Pound and the Discovery of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance in Condensed Matter”; Ruth Lewin Sime, “An Inconvenient History: The Nuclear-Fission Display in the Deutsches Museum”; Claus Habfast, “The DESY Golden Jubilee in Hamburg: Lessons from the Past”.

Vol. 12, No. 3: Yves Gingras, “The Transformation of Physics from 1900 to 1945”; Thomas O’Connor, “The Scientific Work of John A. McClelland: A Recently Discovered Manuscript”; Martin J. Klein, “Paul Ehrenfest, Niels Bohr, and Albert Einstein: Colleagues and Friends”; Katherine R. Sopka and Elisabeth M. Sopka, “The Bonebreak Theological Seminary: Top-Secret Manhattan Project Site”.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Vol. 41, No. 2: Ivahn Smadja, “Tuning Up Mind’s Pattern to Nature’s Own Idea: Eddington’s Early Twenties Case for Variational Derivatives”; Daan Wegener, “De-Anthropomorphizing Energy and Energy Conservation: The Case of Max Planck and Ernest Mach”.

Vol. 41, No. 3 is a special issue on “Modelling and Simulation in the Atmospheric and Climate Sciences”, which includes: Vladimir Jankovic, “Climates as Commodities: Jean Pierre Purry and the Modelling of the Best Climate on Earth”; Spencer Weart, “The Development of General Circulation Models of Climate”.

Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, Part A

Vol. 41, No. 2: Robert Callegård, “Thomas Reid’s Newtonian Theism: His Differences with the Classical Arguments of Richard Bentley and William Whiston”; Brian Hepburn, “Euler, Vis Viva, and Equilibrium”.

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

Vol. 40, No. 3: Nicolas Nierenberg, Walter R. Tschinkel, and Victoria J. Tschinkel, “Early Climate Change Consensus at the National Academy: The Origins and Making of Changing Climate”; Catherine Westfall, “Surviving to Tell the Tale: Argonne’s Intense Pulsed Neutron Source from an Ecosystem Perspective”.

British Journal for the History of Science

Vol. 43, No. 2: Jaume Navarro, “Electron Diffraction chez Thomson: Early Responses to Quantum Physics in Britain”.

Vol. 43, No. 3: Thomas F. Mayer, “The Roman Inquisition’s Precept to Galileo (1616)”; Omar W. Nasim, “Observation, Working Images, and Procedure: The ‘Great Spiral’ in Lord Rosse’s Astronomical Record Books and Beyond”.

History of Science

Vol. 38, No. 2: Raquel Delgado Moreira, “‘What Ezekiel Says’: Newton as a Temple Scholar”.

Vol. 38, No. 3–4 is a special issue on “Seriality and Scientific Objects in the Nineteenth Century”, which includes: Chitra Ramalingam, “Natural History in the Dark: Seriality and the Electric Discharge in Victorian Physics”.


Vol. 52, No. 2: Olivier Darrigol, “The Analogy between Light and Sound in the History of Optics from the Ancient Greeks to Isaac Newton, Part 1”.

Vol. 52, No. 3: Olivier Darrigol, “The Analogy between Light and Sound in the History of Optics from the Ancient Greeks to Isaac Newton, Part 2”.

Archive for History of Exact Sciences

Vol. 64, No. 2: Clayton A. Gearhart, “‘Astonishing Successes’ and ‘Bitter Disappointments’: The Specific Heat of Hydrogen in Quantum Theory”; Davide Cenadelli, “Solving the Giant Stars Problem: Theories of Stellar Evolution from the 1930s to the 1950s”.

Vol. 64, No. 3: M. Nauenberg, “The Early Application of the Calculus to the Inverse Square Force Problem”.

Vol. 64, No. 4: Stefano Zambelli, “Chemical Kinetics and Diffusion Approach: The History of the Klein-Kramers Equation”; Jean Mawhin and André Ronveaux, “Schrödinger and Dirac Equations for the Hydrogen Atom, and Laguerre Polynomials”.

Vol. 64, No. 5: Danilo Capecchi, Giuseppe Ruta, and Patrizia Trovalusci, “From Classical to Voigt’s Molecular Models in Elasticity”; Enric Pérez and Tilman Sauer, “Einstein’s Quantum Theory of the Monatomic Ideal Gas: Non-Statistical Arguments for a New Statistics”.

Perspectives on Science

Vol. 18, No. 2: Allan Franklin, “Gravity Waves and Neutrinos: The Later Work of Joseph Weber”; Michela Massimi, “Galileo’s Mathematization of Nature at the Crossroad between the Empiricist and Kantian Tradition”.

Vol. 18, No. 4: Jeffrey K. McDonough, “Leibniz’s Optics and Contingency in Nature”.

Annals of Science

Vol. 67, No. 2: Duane J. Jaecks, “An Investigation of the Eighteenth-Century Achromatic Telescope”; François Wesemael, “‘Unaffected by Fortune, Good or Bad’: Context and Reception of Chandrasekhar’s Mass-Radius Relation-ship for White Dwarfs, 1935–1965”.

Vol. 67, No. 4: Gérald Péoux, “Atmospheric Refraction and the Ramus Circle: Aspects of a Late Sixteenth-Century Dispute”.

Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Vol. 64, No. 2: Anna Marie Roos, “A Speculum of Chemical Practice: Isaac Newton, Martin Lister (1639–1712), and the Making of Telescopic Mirrors”; Olival Freire and Christoph Lehner, “‘Dialectical Materialism and Modern Physics’, an Unpublished Text by Max Born”.

Historia Scientiarum

Vol. 19, No. 2 is a special issue entitled, “Beyond Differences: International Comparison on Nuclear Histories in Japan, Korea, and the United States”, which includes: Sean L. Malloy, “Contemporary Scholarship and New Light on the A-bomb Decision”; Dong-Won Kim, “Imaginary Savior: The Image of the Nuclear Bomb in Korea, 1945–1960”; Maika Nakao, “Images of the Atomic Bomb in Japan before Hiroshima”; Masakatsu Yamazaki, “Nuclear Energy in Postwar Japan and Anti-Nuclear Movements in the 1950s”; Hiroko Takahashi, “One Minute after the Detonation of the Atomic Bomb: The Erased Effect of Residual Radiation”; Ikuo Sasamoto, “Korean Victims of the Atomic Bomb”; John DiMoia: “Atoms for Power?: The Atomic Energy Research Institute (AERI) and South Korean Electrification, (1948–1965)”; Seong-Jun Kim, “Technology Transfer behind a Diplomatic Struggle: Reappraisal of South Korea’s Nuclear Fuel Project in the 1970s”.

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Vol. 33, No. 1: Dieter Hoffmann, Hole Rößler and Gerald Reuther, “‘Lachkabinett’ und ‘großes Fest’ der Physiker: Walter Grotian’s ‘phsilakischer Einakter zu Max Plancks 80. Geburtstag”.

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Vol. 41, No. 2: Jonathan Green, “The First Copernican Astrologer: Andreas Aurifaber’s Practica for 1541”; David Baneke, “Teach and Travel: Leiden Observatory and the Renaissance of Dutch Astronomy in the Interwar Years”; José Chabás and Bernard R. Goldstein, “Astronomical Activity in Portugal in the Fourteenth Century”; Michael Hoskin, “Mary Herschel’s Fortune: Origins and Impact”; Lee MacDonald, “Isaac Roberts, E. E. Barnard, and the Nebulae”.

Vol. 41, No. 3 is a special issue on “Forms and Functions in Early Modern Celestial Imagery”, which includes: Isabelle Pantin, “The Astronomical Diagrams in Oronce Finé’s Protomathesis (1532): Founding a French Tradition?”; Christoph Lüthy, “Centre, Circle, Circumference: Giordano Bruno’s Astronomical Woodcuts”; Katie Taylor, “A ‘Practique Discipline’? Mathematical Arts in John Blagrave’s The Mathematical Jewel (1585)”; Stephen Johnston, “Wren, Hooke, and Graphical Practice”; Boris Jardine and Nicholas Jardine, “Critical Editing of Early-Modern Astronomical Diagrams”.

Vol. 41, No. 4: J. A. Ruffner, “Isaac Newton’s Historia Cometarum and the Quest for Elliptical Orbits”; Christopher M. Graney, “The Telescope against Copernicus: Star Observations by Riccioli Supporting a Geocentric Universe”; Richard L. Kremer, “Calculating with Andreas Aurifaber: A New Source for Copernican Astronomy in 1540”.

Physics Today

Vol. 63, No. 4: Stuart W. Leslie, “Laboratory Architecture: Building for an Uncertain Future”.

Vol. 63, No. 6: Frank von Hippel, “James Franck: Science and Conscience”.

Vol. 63, No. 7: Gregory A. Good, “Rutherford’s Geophysicists”.

Vol. 63, No. 8: T. N. Narasimhan, “Thermal Conductivity through the 19th Century”.

Vol. 63, No. 9: Dirk van Delft and Peter Kes, “The Discovery of Superconductivity”.

Foundations of Physics

Vol. 40, Nos. 9–10 is a Festschrift for Peter Mittelstaedt, which includes: Paul Busch, Joachim Pfarr, Manfred L. Ristig, and Ernst-Walther Stachow, “Quantum-Matter-Spacetime: Peter Mittelstaedt’s Contributions to Physics and Its Foundations”; Brigitte Falkenburg, “Language and Reality: Peter Mittelstaedt’s Contributions to the Philosophy of Physics”.

CERN Courier

Vol. 50, No. 3: André Martin, “Murray Gell-Mann: My Contemporary and Friend”.

Physics World

Vol. 23, No. 5: Pauline Rigby, “And Then There Was Light” on the early history of the laser.

Vol. 23, No. 7: Robert P. Crease, “Missed Metric Moment” on Joseph Dombey and an early attempt to import the metric system to the United States.

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