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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Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Vol. 65, No. 4: David B. Wilson, "William Whewell, Galileo, and reconceptualizing the history of science and religion"; William Van der Kloot, "Mirrors and smoke: A. V. Hill, his Brigands, and the science of anti-aircraft gunnery in World War I."

British Journal for the History of Science

Vol. 44, No. 2: Falk Müller, "Johann Wilhelm Hittorf and the material culture of nineteenth-century gas discharge research."

Vol. 44, No. 3: Victor D. Boantza and Ofer Gal, "The 'absolute existence' of phlogiston: the losing party’s point of view"; Gildo Magalhãnes Santos, "A debate on magnetic current: the troubled Einstein–Ehrenhaft correspondence."

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

Vol. 41, No. 3: Júlia Gaspar and Ana Simões, "Physics on the Periphery: A Research School at the University of Lisbon under Salazar's Dictatorship."

Physics in Perspective

Vol. 13, No. 2: John G. Jenkin, "Atomic Energy is 'Moonshine': What did Rutherford Really Mean?"; Ezno F. Haussecker and Alexander W. Chao, "The Influence of Accelerator Science on Physics Research"; B. Cameron Reed, "Liquid Thermal Diffusion during the Manhattan Project"; Ursula Pavlish, "Gerson Goldhaber: A Life in Science."

Vol. 13, No. 3: Benjamin Bederson and H. Henry Stroke, "History of the New York University Physics Department"; Stefania Jha, "Wigner's 'Polanyian' Epistemology and the Measurement Problem: The Wigner–Polanyi Dialog on Tacit Knowledge."

Vol. 13, No. 4: Christopher M. Graney, "Contra Galileo: Riccioli's 'Coriolis-Force' Argument on the Earth's Diurnal Rotation"; Stephan Schwarz, "Science, Technology, and the Niels Bohr Institute in Occupied Denmark"; David K. C. Cooper, "Edward Gerjuoy: From Physics to Law and Back Again."

Physics Today

Vol. 64, No. 7: Sigfried Hecker, "Adventures in scientific nuclear diplomacy."

Vol. 64, No. 8: Steven Weinberg, "Particle physics, from Rutherford to the LHC."

Vol. 64, No. 9: Bruce Parker, "The tide predictions for D-Day"; Owen Gingerich, "The great Martian catastrophe and how Kepler fixed it."

Vol. 64, No. 10: Steven Sherwood, "Science controversies past and present."

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Vol. 41, No. 4: Peter Hayes, "Popper's response to Dingle on special relativity and the problem of the observer."


Vol. 102, No. 2: William R. Newman, "What Have We Learned from the Recent Historiography of Alchemy?"

Vol. 102, No. 3: Eileen Reeves, "The Ingenious Gentleman Galileo Galilei" [essay review].


Vol. 52, No. 4: John Krige, "Building the Arsenal of Knowledge"; Naomi Oreskes, "Science, Technology, and Free Enterprise"; Ronald E. Doel, "Does Scientific Intelligence Matter?"; Peter J. Westwick, "The International History of the Strategic Defense Initiative: American Influence and Economic Competition in the Late Cold War";

Vol. 53, No. 1: Stefano Bordoni, "Beyond Electromagnetic and Mechanical World-views: J. Larmor's Models of Matter and Energy in the Early 1890s."

Vol. 53, No. 2: Gregory A. Good, "Measuring the Inaccessible Earth: Geomagnetism, In situ Measurements, Remote Sensing, and Proxy Data."

Vol. 53, No. 3: Martin Clutton-Brock and David Topper, "The Plausibility of Galileo’s Tidal Theory";

Archive for History of Exact Sciences

Vol. 65, No. 4: Chen-Pang Yeang, "Tubes, randomness, and Brownian motions: or, how engineers learned to start worrying about electronic noise."

Vol. 65, No. 6: Sandro Petruccioli, "Complementarity before uncertainty"; Giulio Peruzzi and Matteo Realdi, "The quest for the size of the universe in early relativistic cosmology (1917–1930)."

Annals of Science

Vol. 68, No. 1: David Philip Miller, "The Political Economy of Discovery Stories: The Case of Dr Irving Langmuir and General Electric"; Terje Brundtland, "After Boyle and the Leviathan: the Second Generation of British Air Pumps."

Vol. 68, No. 2: A. E. Hui, "Instruments of Music, Instruments of Science: Hermann von Helmholtz’s Musical Practices, his Classicism, and his Beethoven Sonata"; Robert Deltete, "How Relativity Got Accepted and How Einstein Came to be Regarded as its Author" [essay review]; Alberto A. Martínez, "The Myriad Pieces of Einstein's Remains" [essay review].

Vol. 68, No. 3: Chen-Pang Yeang, "Engineering Entanglement, Concept-ualizing Quantum Information"; Maria Rentetzi, "Packaging Radium, Selling Science: Boxes, Bottles and Other Mundane Things in the World of Science."

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Vol. 42, No. 2: Owen Gingerich and Albert Van Helden, "How Galileo Constructed the Moons of Jupiter."

CERN Courier

Vol. 51, No. 5: "Simon van der Meer: a quiet giant of engineering and physics."

Vol. 51, No. 6: "Hildred Blewett: a life with particle accelerators."

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