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1. XVII International Scientific Instrument Symposium

2. Book Review: 
   Thalheim, Klaus: Katalog der Meteoriten am Staatlichen Museum fuer
   Mineralogie und Geologie zu Dresden (Wolfgang Czegka)

3. Neue Buecher


Item 1                                            EMA Nr. 27, 3. Maerz 1998

XVII International Scientific Instrument Symposium

20-25th July 1998, Soro, Denmark

Conference announcement and call for papers

(Aus: Electronic Newsletter for the History of Astronomy, No. 25,
January 28, 1998, Item 4)

The Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC) will visit Scandinavia for the
first time in 1998 when it holds its XVII International Scientific
Instrument Symposium in Denmark. The Conference will be held at Soro
Academy. Soro Academy houses Hauchs Physiske Cabinet, one of Europe's
largest cabinets of physics and chemistry from about 1800.

The conference will include three full days of papers, a full-day museum
trip to Copenhagen, a post-conference tour to the Steno Museum in Aarhus,
besides social activities. Participation by and contributions from persons
who have not previously attended the meetings of the Commission are
welcome and encouraged.

Call for papers and posters:

The Commission and the Local Organising Committee strongly encourage
suggestions for papers and posters for the Conference. There will be two
main themes for the Conference: 1. Cabinets of Physics and Chemistry, 2.
Instruments- and Instrument Makers in Scandinavia. Although these themes
will be given priority, we also welcome papers in other areas. The
language of the conference is English, although papers in other languages
may be accepted. Speakers will have 20 minutes for their paper, and there
will be an additional 5 minutes for questions. There will be provisions
for posters next to the conference room and recreational area. The titles
and abstracts of papers and posters should be sent to the conference
Office. They will be considered by the Academic programme Committee after
the closing of the deadline. The deadline for submission of titles and
abstracts is April 1st 1998. Please contact the Conference Office if you
have any queries.

The Scientific Instrument Commission

The SIC is a commission under the Division of History, of the
International Union of History and Philosophy, of Science, which is an 
organisation affiliated to UNESCO. The SIC seeks to promote interest and
encourage research in the history of scientific instruments.

President: Dr. Jim Bennett, Keeper, Museum of the History of Science,
Oxford. Vice-president: Dr. Paolo Brenni, CNR - Istituto e Museo di Storia
della Scienza, Firenze. Secretary: Dr. Peter de Clercq, Museum Boerhaave,

The Local organising Committee: Chairman: Jan Tapdrup, History of Science
Dept., Univ. of Aarhus/Magdalen College, Oxford. General Secretary: Jorgen
From Andersen, Soro Academy. Secretary: Hanne Wagner, Soro Academy.
Committee members: Mogens Bencard, Director, Rosenborg; Dr. Kristian Peder
Moesgaard, Director, the Steno Museum; Professor Helge Kragh, History of
Science Dept. Univ of Aarhus; Jon Villadsen, Soro Academy.

Academic Programme Committee: Chairman: Professor G.L'E. Turner, Imperial
College, London. Vice-chairman: Dr. Jim Bennett, Keeper, Museum of History
of Science, Oxford. Secretary: Jan Tapdrup, History of Science Dept.,
University of Aarhus/Magdalen College, Oxford.

Further information:

Please write to the conference office for the first circular. Further
information is also avaliable on the web-page for the conference.



The second circular for the conference will be sent out in February 1998.
The deadline for registration will be April 1st 1998. Registration after
this date will be subject to a surcharge. Registration by letters received
later than 20th June 1998 is unfortunately not possible due to booking of
accommodation and staff considerations. The deadline for offering papers
and posters is April 1st 1998

Conference Office:

Please send any queries or letters to the conference office:

XVII International Scientific Instrument Symposium,
Soro Academy, Postbox. 37,
DK-4180 Soro, Denmark

Phone:  +45 5782 0135           E-mail: ievhjan@dfi.aau.dk
Fax:    +45 5782 0136

Item 2                                            EMA Nr. 27, 3. Maerz 1998

Book Review

Thalheim, Klaus: Katalog der Meteoriten am Staatlichen Museum fuer
Mineralogie und Geologie zu Dresden. Dresden: Staatliches Museum fuer
Mineralogie und Geologie, 1997. 92 S., zahlr. farb. Abb.,
ISBN 3-91006-17-5, Broschur 49,- DM (Schriften des Staatlichen Museums
fuer Mineralogie und Geologie zu Dresden; 7)

The catalogue is divided in two parts. The first part contains a history
of the Dresden meteorite collection from 1581 to 1997. In 44 pages
Thalheim gives a survey on the historical development of the collection.
Some repros with details of important older catalogues or handwritten
meteorite-lists are added. The second part presents in 43 pages the
details of every meteorite of the Dresden museum collection in an unusual
form. Every data set is illustrated by a high-quality colour print. The
collection includes unique samples like the Nenntmansdorf Iron. A
detailed index and a list of references are added.

Except of some misprints (in 1791 even Chladni didn't know anything about
meteorites; misprint for 1797? see page 8) the book is a recommendable
high quality product. Unfortunately, the reader will miss some detailed
information on the lusatian tektites from Saxony, which could have been
added thematically also to the catalogue.

                          Wolfgang Czegka, Potsdam <czegka@gfz-potsdam.de>

For more detailed information contact:

Staatliches Museum fuer Mineralogie und Geologie
Augustusstr. 2
D-01067 Dresden
Phone:  +49-351-4952446
Fax:    +49-351-4952468
e-mail: mmg@sik.de
URL:    http://hpkom21.geo.uni-leipzig.de/~mmg/

Item 3                                            EMA Nr. 27, 3. Maerz 1998

Neue Buecher

Academy Building. The heart of Leiden University. Leiden: Leiden
University, Press and Information Services, 1996. Pp. 16, NLG 5.00
[A short history of and guide through the Academy Building, now the main
building of Leiden University, and the small University Museum inside. The
use of the building as an observatory in the 17th century is shortly
Distribution: Press and Information Services, Leiden University,
P.O. Box 9500, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands.]

Baum, Richard; Sheehan, William: In search of planet Vulcan. The ghost in
Newton's clockwork universe. New York: Plenum Press, 1997. Pp. xiv, 310,
21.5 x 15 cm, ISBN 0-306-45567-6, $ 28.95 (hb)
   Rezension:  P.Moore: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 117 (1997) 4, 222
   Rezension:  E.A.Whitaker: Sky & Telescope 94 (1997) 4, 68-70
   Rezension:  P.Moore: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1141, 382-383

Chown, Marcus: Afterglow of creation: From the fireball to the discovery
of cosmic ripples.  Mill Valley, CA: University Science Books, 1996.
Pp. xii, 222, 16.5 x 24 cm, ISBN 0-935702-40-7, $ 28.50, GBP 19.95 (hb)
[Popular account of the discovery of the cosmic microwave background
radiation and thirty years of progress in the field. The book begins
with the 1920s and culminates with the flight of the COBE satellite.]
   Rezension:  D.M.F.Chapman: J. Roy. Astr. Soc. Can. 91 (1997) 3, 141-142

Cornelius, Geoffrey: Was Sternbilder erzaehlen. Die Mythologie der Sterne.
Stuttgart: Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, 1997. 176 S., 88 Abb., 16 x 23,5 cm,
ISBN 3-440-07495-1, Br DM 29,80

Datnow, Claire L.: Edwin Hubble : Discovering of Galaxies. Springfield,
NJ: Enslow Publishing, 1997. Pp. 128, illus., ISBN 0894909347,
$ 18.95 (hb) (Great minds of science) 
[Juvenile book. Chronology: p. 113-115. Includes bibliographical
references (p. 125) and index.]

Diacu, F.; Holmes, P.: Celestial encounters. The origins of chaos and
stability.  Princeton (New Jersey, USA): Princeton University Press, 1996.
Pp. xvii, 233, ISBN 0-691-02743-9, US$ 24.95
[Account of celestial mehanics, ranging from the birth of chaos theory to
the latest work on the stability of the solar system. The book is leavened
by anecdotes about the pioneering scientists and their discoveries.]

Dimitrijevic, Milan S.; Milogradov-Turin, Jelena; Popovic, Luka C.
(Eds.): Razvoj astronomije kod srba. Developments of astronomy among
Serbs. Beograd (Belgrade): Astronomical Observatory, 1997. Pp. 276
(Publications of the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, No. 56)
[Proceedings of a conference, Belgrade, 7-9 April 1997. In Serbian, 
abstracts in English.]

Edmondson, Frank K.: AURA and its US National Observatories. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. 367, 25 x 18 cm,
ISBN 0-521-55345-8, GBP 65, $ 80 (hb)
   Rezension:  D.Stickland: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1140, 322-323

Eisfeld, Rainer: Mondsuechtig. Wernher von Braun und die Geburt der
Raumfahrt aus dem Geist der Barbarei. Reinbeck bei Hamburg: Rowohlt
Verlag, 1996. 288 S., 24 Tafeln, ISBN 3-498-01660-1, Geb DM 42.00

Emter, Elisabeth: Literatur und Quantentheorie. Die Rezeption der modernen
Physik in Schriften zur Literatur und Philosophie deutschsprachiger
Autoren (1925-1970). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1995. X, 358 S.,
ISBN 3-11-014873-0, Geb DM 168.00 (Quellen und Forschungen zur
Literaturgeschichte und Kulturgeschichte, Bd. 2) 
[Zeigt u.a., wieviel Friedrich Duerrenmatts Literatur den philosophischen
Studien von Arthur Eddington verdankt.]
   Rezension:  M.Springer: Spektrum der Wissenschaft  (1997) 7, 116-117

Fischer, Ernst Peter: Aristoteles, Einstein & Co. Eine kleine Geschichte
der Wissenschaft in Portraets. Muenchen, Zuerich: R. Piper, 1995. 448 S.;
2., durchges. Aufl. 1996. 442 S., Abb., ISBN 3-492-03778-X, Geb DM 42.00
[Inhalt: Aristoteles, Almagest und Alchemie, Alhazen und Avicenna,
Albertus Magnus, Nicolaus Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei,
Johannes Kepler, Rene Descartes, Isaac Newton, Antoine Lavoisier, Michael
Faraday, Charles Darwin, James Clerk Maxwell, Hermann von Helmholtz,
Gregor Mendel, Ludwig Boltzmann, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Barbara
McClintock, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Linus Pauling, John von Neumann,
Max Delbrueck, Richard P. Feynman.]
   Rezension:  T.Rubitzko: Spektrum der Wissenschaft (1997) 6, 141

Fischer, Ernst Peter: Aristoteles & Co. Eine kleine Geschichte der
Wissenschaft in Portraets von der Antike bis ins 19. Jahrhundert.
Muenchen: R. Piper, 1996. 235 S., 12 Abb., ISBN 3-492-22326-5, Kt DM 16.90
(Serie Piper, Bd. 2326)

Fischer, Ernst Peter: Einstein & Co. Eine kleine Geschichte der
Wissenschaft der letzten hundert Jahre in Portraets. Muenchen: R. Piper,
1997. 229 S., ISBN 3-492-22491-1, Kt DM 16.90 (Serie Piper, Bd. 2491) 

Fischer, Ernst Peter: Einstein. Ein Genie und sein ueberfordertes Publikum.
Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1996. XIV, 243 S., 44 Abb., ISBN 3-540-61112-6,
Br DM 36.00
   Rezension:  I.Derado: Phys. Bl. 53 (1997) 9, 907

Fox, Mary Virginia: Edwin Hubble: American Astronomer.
New York: Franklin Watts, 1997. Pp. 112, ISBN 053111371X, $ 21.50 (hb)
(Book Report Biographies)
[Juvenile book. Includes bibliographical references and index.]

Godwin, Francis: The Man in the Moon. With a modern introduction by Andy
Johnson and Ron Shoesmith. Woonton Almeley, Herefordshire: Logaston
Press, 1996. Pp. ix, 70 + 8 plates, 22 x 14 cm, ISBN 1-873-82764-4,
GBP 8.95 (hb)
[Francis Godwin (1562-1633) was Bishop of Hereford. He described the idea
of a journey to the Moon, with surprising understanding of gravity.
Distribution: Post free from Logaston Press, Little Logaston, Woonton,
Almeley, Herefordshire HR3 6QH, Great Britain.]
   Rezension:  R.F.Griffin: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1138, 155-156
   Rezension:  J.H.Rogers: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 107 (1997) 1, 42

Grundmann, S.: Einsteins Akte. Einsteins Jahre in Deutschland aus der
Sicht der deutschen Politik. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 1997.
XIV, 550 S., 70 Abb., ISBN 3-540-63197-6, Geb DM 48.00
[Mit erstmals veroeffentlichten Zeitdokumenten und bisher unbekannten

Haas, M.R.; Davidson, J.A.; Erickson, E.F. (Ed.): From gas to stars to
dust. Proceedings. Airborne Astronomy Symposium on the Galactic
Ecosystem: From gas to stars to dust, Moffett Field, CA (USA), 5-8 July
1994. San Francisco, Ca.: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1995. 
Pp. xxxii, 737, ISBN 0-937707-92-9, US$ 38.00
(Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, Vol. 73)
[From the contents: 8. KAO history and education]

Hetherington, Norriss S.: Hubble's cosmology: A guided study of selected
texts. Tucson: Pachart Publishing House, 1996. Pp. xx, 218, ISBN
0-88126-287-0, $ 67.00 (pb) (Pachart History of Astronomy Series, v. 11) 
[Eight of Hubble's papers, reprinted in facsimile, with extensive
commentary and annotations.]

Isaac Newton and Woolsthorpe Manor. London: The National Trust, 1997.
Pp. 30, GBP 1.95

Kafatos, Menas; Kondo, Yoji (Eds.): Examining the Big Bang and diffuse
background radiations. Proceedings of the 168th Symposium of the
International Astronomical Union, held in The Hague, The Netherlands,
August 23-26, 1994. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic
Publishers, 1996. Pp. xi, 586, ISBN 0-7923-3815-4, Dfl. 320.00
(International Astronomical Union, Symposium, No. 168)
[Contains also: Virginia Trimble: Background and Big Bang: Some extracts
from their history] 

Kaminski, Heinz: Sternenstrassen der Vorzeit. Von Stonehenge nach
Atlantis. Muenchen: Bettendorf, 1995. 356 S., ISBN 3-88498-092-0,
Geb DM 39.80
[Mit Vorsicht zu gebrauchen.]
   Rezension:  W.Schlosser: Astron. Raumfahrt 33 (1996) 35 (5/96), 45

Kepler, Johannes: Gesammelte Werke, Band 15. Briefe, Band III: 1604-1607.
Herausgegeben von der Kepler-Kommission der Bayerischen Akademie der
Wissenschaften. 2., unveraenderte Aufl. Muenchen: Verlag C.H.Beck, 1995.
563 S., ISBN 3-406-01667-7, Br DM 168.00

Klare, Gerhard (Ed.): Abstracts of contributed talks and posters presented
at the scientific fall meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft at
Bochum, September 27-October 1, 1993. Hamburg: Astronomische
Gesellschaft, 1993. Pp. 212, illus. (Astronomische Gesellschaft Abstract
Series, No. 9)
[Contains also abstracts from the meeting of the Working Group for the
History of Astronomy.]

Kowal, C.T.: Asteroids. Their nature and utilization. 2nd edition
Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1996. Pp. xvii, 153, 24.5 x 17 cm,
ISBN 0-471-96039-X, GBP 30.00 (hb)
[Includes a chapter on history.]
   Rezension:  D.W.Hughes: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1138, 164
   Rezension:  A.J.Hollis: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 107 (1997) 3, 149

Kragh, H.: Cosmology and controversy. The historical development of two
theories of the universe. Princeton (New Jersey, USA): Princeton
University Press, 1996. Pp. xiii, 500, ISBN 0-691-02623-8, US$ 35.00

Moore, Patrick: Eyes on the Universe. The story of the telescope. London:
Springer-Verlag, 1997. Pp. viii, 114, ISBN 3-540-76164-0, GBP 9.95 (pb)
   Rezension:  H.McGee: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 117 (1997) 4, 221

Paturi, Felix R.: Harenberg Schluesseldaten Astronomie. Von den
Sonnenuhren der Babylonier bis zu den Raumsonden im 21. Jahrhundert.
Dortmund: Harenberg Lexikon Verlag, 1996. 616 S., zahlr. meist farb.
Abb., ISBN 3-611-00537-1, Geb DM 68.00
[Chronologische Geschichte der Astronomie, ergaenzt durch thematische
Tabellen. S. 585-595: Bedeutende Astronomen. Enthaelt Personen- und
Sachregister. Enthaelt keine Quellenangaben und Literaturhinweise.]

Ramsay, John T.; Licht, A. Lewis: The comet of 44 BC and Caesar's funeral
games. Atlanta (Georgia, USA): Scholar's Press, 1996. Pp. 236,
ISBN 0-7885-0274-3, $ 17.95 (pb)
   Rezension:  D.W.Hughes: Astronomy and Geophysics 38 (1997) 3, 32-33

Rosen, Dennis; Rosen, Sylvia: London science. Museums, libraries, and
places of scientific, technological & medical interest. London: Prion
(Multimedia Books), 1994. Pp. 224, numerous illus., most in colour,
ISBN 1-85375-140-5, GBP 9.99 (hb)
[Describes museums, teaching centres, learned societies, libraries,
laboratories, works of art, monuments, memorial plaques, graves,
instrument and book dealers. The emphasis is on history of science rather
than modern science. Includes many places of interest for historians of

Schultz, Uwe (Hrsg.): Scheibe, Kugel, Schwarzes Loch. Die
wissenschaftliche Eroberung des Kosmos. Frankfurt a.M., Leipzig: Insel
Verlag, 1996. 360 S., zahlr. Abb., ISBN 3-458-33504-8, Kt DM 19.80
(Insel-Taschenbuecher, Nr. 1804)
[Taschenbuchausgabe. Erschien erstmals 1990. Populaerwissenschaftliche
Aufsaetze zur Astronomie und ihrer Geschichte, mit Beitraegen von
W.Schlosser, W.Saltzer, F.Krafft, P.Kunitzsch, D.King, H.M.Nobis,
M.Schramm, F.Schmeidler, G.D.Roth, D.B.Herrmann, A.Wittmann, H.-H.Voigt,
R.Kippenhahn u.a.]

Sobel, Dava: Laengengrad. Die wahre Geschichte eines einsamen Genies,
welches das groesste wissenschaftliche Problem seiner Zeit loeste. Berlin:
Berlin Verlag Arno Spitz, 1996.  239 S., ISBN 3-8270-0214-1, Geb DM 36.00
[Uebersetzung von: Longitude (1995); ueber John Harrison (1693-1776) und
das Problem der Laengenbestimmung auf See.]

Spitzer Jr., Lyman; Ostriker, Jeremiah P. (Eds.): Dreams, stars, and
electrons. Selected writings of Lyman Spitzer, Jr.. Princeton (New
Jersey, USA): Princeton University Press, 1997.  Pp. 536, 23.5 x 15 cm,
ISBN 0-691-03702-7, $ 99.50 (hb)
   Rezension:  P.W.J.L.Brand: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1141, 377

Springford, M. (Ed.): Electron. A centenary volume. Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1997. Pp. 330, 25 x 18 cm, ISBN 0-521-56130-2,
GBP 37.50 (hb)
[First chapter: details of J. J. Thomson's experiments. Next chapters:
different aspects of the electron, tracing their development during this
century (among these: the electron in the cosmos).]
   Rezension:  E.A.Davis: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1141, 384

Stephenson, F. Richard: Historical eclipses and the Earth's rotation.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Pp. xvi, 557,
ISBN 0-521-46194-4, GBP 95.00 (hb)
   Rezension:  J.E.Jones: J. Brit. Astron. Assoc. 117 (1997) 4, 220

van Helden, Anne C.; van Gent, Rob H.: The Huygens Collection. Leiden:
Museum Boerhaave, 1995. Pp. V, 32, ISBN 90-6292-107-8, NLG 10.00 (pb)
(Communication / Museum Boerhave, 264)
[Uebersetzung von: De Huygenscollectie. Leiden: Museum Boerhaave, 1995.
(Mededeling / Museum Boerhave, 262)]

Westfall, Richard S.: Isaac Newton - Eine Biographie.
Heidelberg: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 1996. 330 S., zahlreiche Abb.,
ISBN 3-8274-0040-6, geb. DM 58.00
   Rezension:  D.Hoffmann: Physik in unserer Zeit 28 (1997) 2, XIV

Willis, Allan J.; Hartquist, Thomas W. (Eds.): Astrophysical and
laboratory plasmas. A Festschrift for Professor Sir Robert Wilson.
Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996. Pp. 399,
24.5 x 16 m, ISBN 0-792-34151-1, GBP 99, $ 156 (hb)
[Originally published as Astrophysics and Space Science Vol. 237 (1996),
No. 1-2.]
   Rezension:  R.J.Tayler: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1137, 115

Wilson, Raymond N.: Reflecting telecope optics I. Basic design theory and
its historical development.  Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1996. Pp. xiv, 573,
214 figs., 24 x 16 cm, ISBN 3-540-58964-3, DM 128.00 (hb)
(Astronomy and Astrophysics Library)
   Rezension:  J.Solf: Sterne Weltraum 35 (1996) 12, 980
   Rezension:  C.F.W.Harmer: The Observatory 117 (1997) 1138, 173
   Rezension:  [Anonymous:] Messenger (1997) 90, 35

Wright, Helen: Sweeper in the sky: The life of Maria Mitchell.
Clinton Corners, NY: College Avenue Press, 1997. Pp. 270,
ISBN 1-883551-70-6, $ 24.95
[First published in 1949. Unabridged text of the first edition, with new
preface, epilogue, and numerous photographs.]



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