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. 4: Daniel Jon Mitchell, “Measurement in French Experimental Physics from Regnault to Lippmann. Rhetoric and Theoretical Practice”; Renée J. Raphael, “Printing Galileo’s Discorsi: A Collaborative Affair”; Jean- François Gauvin, “The Instrument That Never Was: Inventing, Manufacturing, and Branding Réaumur’s Thermometer During the Enlightenment.”

Archive for History of Exact Sciences

Vol. 66, No. 4: Yaakov Zik, Giora Hon, “Magnification: how to turn a spyglass into an astronomical telescope.” Vol. 66, No. 5: Jean-Marc Ginoux, René Lozi, “Blondel et les oscillations autoentretenues.”

Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte

Vol. 35, No. 3: Helmut Pulte, “Rational Mechanics in the Eighteenth Century. On Structural Developments of a Mathematical Science.”

British Journal for the History of Science

Vol. 45, No. 3: John Krige, “Hybrid knowledge: the transnational coproduction of the gas centrifuge for uranium enrichment in the 1960s.”


Vol. 54, No. 3: Stefano Bordoni, “Unearthing a Buried Memory: Duhem’s Third Way to Thermodynamics.”

Vol. 54, No. 4: Stefano Bordoni, “Unearthing a Buried Memory: Duhem’s Third Way to Thermodynamics. Part 2.”

CERN Courier

Vol. 52, No. 5: “Edoardo Amaldi and the origins of ESA.”

Vol. 52, No. 6: “A discovery of cosmic proportions”; “Domenico Pacini and the origin of cosmic rays,” “The discovery of air-Cherenkov radiation.”

Vol. 52, No. 8: “The history of QCD.”

Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

Vol. 42, No. 3: Chen-Pang Yeang, “From Mechanical Objectivity to Instrumentalizing Theory: Inventing Radio Ionospheric Sounders”; Alex Wellerstein, “Nuclear Others.”

Vol. 42, No. 4: Rebecca Slayton, “From a “Dead Albatross” to Lincoln Labs: Applied Research and the Making of a Normal Cold War University” ; Lisa M. Mundey, “The Civilianization of a Nuclear Weapon Effects Test: Operation ARGUS.”

Vol. 42, No. 5: Jessica Wang, “Physics, Emotion, and the Scientific Self: Merle Tuve’s Cold War”; William Thomas, “Strategies of Detection: Interpretive Methods in Experimental Particle Physics, 1930–1950”; Nasser Zakariya, “Making Knowledge Whole: Genres of Synthesis and Grammars of Ignorance.”

History of Geo- and Space Sciences

Vol. 3, No. 2: A. Egeland and W. J. Burke, “The ring current: a short biography”; J. K. Nielsen and S. Helama, “Christian Theodor Vaupell, a Danish 19th century naturalist and a pioneering developer of the Quaternary geoscience”; R. G. A. Fricke and K. Schlegel, “100th anniversary of the discovery of cosmic radiation: the role of Günther and Tegetmeyer in the development of the necessary instrumentation.”

History of Science

Vol. 50, No. 3: Josep Simon, “Secondary Matters: Textbooks and the Making of Physics in Nineteenth-Century France and England.”


Vol. 103, No. 2: Matthew Stanley, “Predicting the Past: Ancient Eclipses and Airy, Newcomb, and Huxley on the Authority of Science.”

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Vol. 43, No. 3: Helge Kragh, “Karl Popper on Physical Cosmologies.”

Notes and Records of the Royal Society

Vol. 66, No. 3: Terje Brundtland, “Francis Hauksbee and his air pump.”

Perspectives on Science

Vol. 20, No. 4: Thomas Pashby, “Dirac’s Prediction of the Positron: A Case Study for the Current Realism Debate”; Kent W. Staley, “Dirac’s “Fine-Tuning Problem”: A Constructive Use of Anachronism?”

Physics in Perspective

Vol. 14, No. 3: Kristel Wautier, Alexander Jonckheere, Danny Segers, “The Life and Work of Joseph Plateau: Father of Film and Discoverer of Surface Tension”; Paul Halpern, “Quantum Humor: The Playful Side of Physics at Bohr’s Institute for Theoretical Physics”; Victor S. Alpher, “Ralph A. Alpher, Robert C. Herman, and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation.”

Vol. 14, No. 4: Helge Kragh, “Zöllner’s Universe”; Karl Hufbauer, “From Student of Physics to Historian of Science: T.S. Kuhn’s Education and Early Career, 1940–1958”; Hans Christofer Børresen, “Flawed Nuclear Physics and Atomic Intelligence in the Campaign to deny Norwegian Heavy Water to Germany, 1942–1944.”

Physics Today

Vol. 65, No. 9: Christopher M. Graney, “Anatomy of a fall: Giovanni Battista Riccioli and the story of g.”

Vol. 65, No. 10: Ari Belenkiy, “Alexander Friedmann and the origins of modern cosmology.”

Vol. 65, No. 11: Bruce J. Hunt, “Oliver Heaviside: A first-rate oddity.”

Vol. 65, No. 12: Orville R. Butler and R. Joseph Anderson, “Risky business: A study of physics entrepreneurship.”

Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics

Vol. 43, No. 3: Michel Janssen, “The twins and the bucket: How Einstein made gravity rather than motion relative in general relativity”; Helge Kragh, “The isotope effect: Prediction, discussion, and discovery”; Ari Gross, “Pictures and pedagogy: The role of diagrams in Feynman’s early lectures”; Arianna Borrelli, “The case of the composite Higgs: The model as a “Rosetta stone” in contemporary highenergy physics.”

Vol. 43, No. 4: William Demopoulos, Melanie Frappier, Jeffrey Bub, “Poincaré’s “Les conceptions nouvelles de la matière”; Germano D’Abramo, “The peculiar status of the second law of thermodynamics and the quest for its violation”; Giora Hon, Bernard R. Goldstein, “Maxwell’s contrived analogy: An early version of the methodology of modeling.”

Technology and Culture

Vol. 53, No. 4: Thomas R. Wellock, “Engineering Uncertainty and Bureaucratic Crisis at the Atomic Energy Commission, 1964–1973.”

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