Secondary Sources, Context, and Background

Chronologies, Dictionaries, Directories, Encyclopedias, Handbooks

Ballentyne, D. W. G. & D. R. Lovett. 1980. A Dictionary of Named Effects and Laws in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. 4th ed. London: Chapman and Hall, 346 pp.

Brown, L. M., A. Pais, & Sir B. Pippard, eds. 1995. Twentieth Century Physics. 3 v. Philadelphia, PA: Institute of Physics.

Historical reviews of the subdisciplines.

Gribbin, J. R., et al. 1999. Q is for Quantum: An Encyclopedia of Particle Physics. NY: Free Press, 545 pp.

Hackmann, W. D. 1994. History of physics. Pp. 249-280 in Information Sources in Physics, ed. by D. F. Shaw. 3rd ed. London: Bowker-Saur.

Hermann, A. 1987. Lexikon Geschichte der Physik A-Z: Biographien, Sachwörter, Originalschriften und Sekundärliteratur. 3rd ed. Cologne: Deubner, 456 pp.

Meadows, A. J. & M. M. Huncock-Beaulieu. 1994. Front Page Physics: A Century of Physics in the News. Bristol; Philadelphia: Institute of Physics, 221 pp.

Biographical Sources

Abbott, D. 1984. The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists. Physicists. NY: Peter Bedrick, 212 pp.

Bogoliubov, A. N. 1983. Matematiki mekhaniki: biograficheskii spravochnik. Kiev: Nauk. dumka, 637 pp. [Mathematicians & physicists]

International Galilean Bibliography (1965 - )

Includes primary and secondary works worldwide, covering books, periodical articles, articles in edited volumes, and reviews.

Gentili, E. 1966. Bibliografia Galileiana: fra i due centenari, 1942-1964. (Hildephonsiana, 8) Varese: La Scuola Cattolica, 131 pp.

"Bibliografia Galileiana, 1940-1964; being the second supplement to the original Carli-Favaro Bibliografia Galileiana": pp. i -lxxxii (3d group). In: Galileo, man of science, ed. by E. McMullin. NY:Basic Books, 1968, 455, cii, pp

Boffito, G. 1943. Bibliografia galileiana, 1896-1940. (Indici e cataloghi - Ministero della educazione nazionale, 18) Roma: Libreria dello stato, 310 pp.

Carli, A. and A. Favaro. 1896. Bibliografia galileiana (1568-1895). Firenze, Roma: Tipografia dei Fratelli Bencini, 402 pp. Reprint, Mansfield, CT : Martino Fine Books.

Grinstein, L. S., R. K. Rose & M. H. Rafailovich, eds. 1993. Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 721 pp.

Kantha, S. S. 1996. An Einstein Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 298 pp.

Khramov, I. O. 1977. Fiziki: Biograficheskii spravochnik. Kiev: Nauk. Dumka, 507 pp. Not at Harvard

Magill, F. N. 1989. The Nobel Prize Winners: Physics. 3 v. Pasadena, CA: Englewood Press.

Pedersen, O. 1993. Biographical appendix. Pp. 297-404 in his Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction. Rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Ancient Greece through Copernicus; brief biographical data on about 200 individuals with references]

Rayner-Canham, M. F. and G. W. Rayner-Canham. 1997. A Devotion to their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity. Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Foundation; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 307 pp.

23 biographical sketches.

Primary Sources

Document Collections

Archives for the history of quantum physics [microform] [1888-1987]. 301 microfilm reels in 50 boxes
Also search phrase “Archives for the history of quantum physics” in HOLLIS+
Inventory online

University of California Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society has been collecting additional sources.

Periodical Indexes

Fortschritte der Physik (1845-1918) - Physikalische Berichte (1920-78)

International Catalogue of Scientific Literature C. Physics (1901-14). 14 v.