This sixth volume of Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences presents articles by ten eminent scholars on the intellectual and social history of the physical sciences from the eighteenth century to the present.
- The Emergence of Japan's First Physicists: 1868-1900 (Kenkichiro Koizumi)
- The Reception of the Wave Theory of Light in Britain: A Case Study Illustrating the Role of Methodology in Scientific Debate (Geoffrey Cantor)
- Origins and Consolidation of Field Theory in Nineteenth Century Britain: From the Mechanical to the Electromagnetic View of Nature (Barbara Giusti Doran)
- Hertz's Researches on Electromagnetic Waves (Salvo D'Agostino)
- God and Nature: Priestley's Way of Rational Dissent (J. G. McEvoy and J. E. McGuire)
- Laurent, Gerhardt, and the Philosophy of Chemistry (John Hedley Brooke)
- The Lewis-Langrnuir Theory of Valence and the Chemical Community, 1920-1928 (Robert E. Kohler, Jr.)
- G. N. Lewis on Detailed Balancing, the Symmetry of Time, and the Nature of Light (Roger H. Stuewer)
- Rutherford and Recoil Atoms: The Metamorphosis and Success of a Once Stillborn Theory (Thaddeus J. Trenn)
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