Center on the Periphery
Historical Aspects of 20th-Century Swedish Physics

Svante Lindqvist, ed.

1993, lv+516pp, Illus., ISBN 0-88135-157-1 L/C 93-32830, $49.95

Center on the Periphery

Reviews

“…the book makes an important contribution to the understanding of science in its national and international context in the 20th century by bringing issues of spatiality to the fore in the social and cultural analysis of science. In so doing, it undoubtedly succeeds in its goal of placing the history of Swedish physics firmly back on the map.”-THES

Table of Contents

Svante Lindqvist
Introductory Essay: Harry Martinson and the Periphery of the Atom

CULTURAL AND SOCIAL HISTORIES IN SCIENCE

Kjell Jonsson
Physics as Culture: Science and Weltanschauung in Inter-War Sweden

Suzanne Gieser
Philosophy and Modern Physics in Sweden: C.W. Oseen, Oskar Klein, and the Itellectual Traditions of Uppsala and Lund, 1920-1940

Olov Amelin
Physics as Ideology: Svante Arrhenius as a Writer of Popular Science

Ulf Larsson
Physics in a Stronghold of Engineering: Professorial Appointments at the Royal Institute of Technology, 1922-1985
THE INSTITUTIONS AND POLITICS OF BIG SCIENCE

Urban Wrakberg
Where Science Turns into Sports and Politics: The Decline of Swedish Polar Research in the Early 20th Century

Sven Widmalm
Big Science in a Small Country: Sweden and CERN II

Hans Weinberger
Physics in Uniform: The Swedish Institute of Military Physics, 1939-1945

Thorsten Nybom
The Socialization of Science: Technical Research and the Natural Sciences in Swedish Research Policy in the 1930’s and 1940’s

Stefan Lindstrom
Implementing the Welfare State: The Emergence of Swedish Atomic Energy Research Policy
INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS OF COMMUNICATION

Karl Hufbauer
Breakthrough on the Periphery: Bengt Edlen and the Identification of the Coronal Lines, 1939-1945

Mats Fridlund
International Acclaim and Swedish Obscurity: The Fall and Rise of David Enskog

Paul C. Hamilton
Reaching Out: Janne Ryderberg’s Struggle for Recognition

Carl-Olov Stawstrom
Relative Acceptance: The Introduction and Reception of Einstein’s Theories in Sweden, 1905-1965

Thomas Kaiserfeld
When Theory Addresses Experiment: The Siegbahn-Sommerfeld Correspondence, 1917-1940
SCIENCE AS APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

Anders Lundgren
The Ideological Use of Instrumentation: The Svedberg, Atoms, and the Structure of Matter

Boelie Elzen
The Failure of a Successful Artifact: The Svedberg Ultracentrifuge

Mikael Hard
Technological Drift of Science: Swedish Radio Astronomy in the Making, 1942-1976

Lily E. Kay
The Intellectual Politics of Laboratory Technology: The Protein Network and the Tiselius Apparatus

Anders Marelius and Erik Noreland
The Proud Tower: Knut Angstrom and the International Style of Fin de Siecle Physics Buildings

Margareta Bond-Fahlberg, Comp.

Bibliography of the History of 20th-Century Swedish Physics

Contributors

Index of Names