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Heilbron, J. L.

Works: 157 works in 528 publications in 7 languages and 14,570 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Encyclopedias  Records and correspondence  Dictionaries  Bibliography  Popular works  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: Q125, 520
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Most widely held works by J. L Heilbron
Galileo by J. L Heilbron( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heilbron takes in the landscape of culture, learning, religion, science, theology, and politics of late Renaissance Italy to produce a richer and more rounded view of Galileo, his scientific thinking, and the company he kept
The Oxford companion to the history of modern science by J. L Heilbron( Book )

24 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science is a one-volume encyclopedia offering an excellent overview of the field of science and its development over the past few generations, ranging from biographies on Galileo and Dorothy Hodgkin to the discussions chronicling the change of science from simply a tool of learning to a major force in society. Along with chemistry, physics, and biology, the major scientific disciplines are represented in this alphabetically arranged work including astrology, ethnology, and zoology, among many others. The coverage is not limited to just one geographical area but is world-wide, tracing science from its traditional centres and explaining how non-western societies have modified and contributed to its global arena
The sun in the Church : cathedrals as solar observatories by J. L Heilbron( Book )

28 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and French and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through much of the Scientific Revolution, between 1650 and 1750, Catholic churches were the best solar observatories in the world. Constructed initially to solve the pressing problem of providing an unquestionable date for Easter, the instruments that made the churches' observatories also threw light on the disputed geometry of the solar system." "A tale of politically canny astronomers and cardinals with a taste for mathematics, The Sun in the Church explains the unlikely accomplishments of the Church-sponsored observers. It engagingly describes Galileo's political overreaching, his subsequent trial for heresy, and his slow and steady rehabilitation in the eyes of the Catholic Church. Despite the Church's prohibition against advocating sun-centered astronomy, Italian clerics managed to teach and advance it. Heilbron describes, with dry wit, the diplomatic discretion on all sides that allowed them to do so."--Jacket
The dilemmas of an upright man : Max Planck as spokesman for German science by J. L Heilbron( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 1,104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Max Planck came to prominence after proposing the quantum idea in 1900 and rose steadily to the forefront of scientific leadership in Germany, which retained its lead in science especially in physics, chemistry, and mathematics during the first several decades of the 20th century. A close colleague of Einstein and most major continental scientists of his period, Planck fought a losing battle against overwhelming odds by defying the Nazi regime. Heilbron's biography carefully details the life of this courageous, humane, and brilliant scientist
Electricity in the 17th and 18th centuries : a study of early Modern physics by J. L Heilbron( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 1999 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geometry civilized : history, culture, and technique by J. L Heilbron( Book )

22 editions published between 1988 and 2003 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

H.G.J. Moseley; the life and letters of an English physicist, 1887-1915 by J. L Heilbron( Book )

15 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Oxford guide to the history of physics and astronomy by J. L Heilbron( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Encompassing more than 200 alphabetically arranged entries, The Oxford Guide to the History of Physics and Astronomy traces the evolution of these bodies of knowledge as well as planetary science from the Renaissance to the beginning of the twenty-first century. For students, teachers, scientists, and readers of popular science books, the Guide deciphers the techniques and philosophies of physics and astronomy as well as the historical periods from which they emerged. Inside are Galileo's falling bodies, Newton's world system, pulsars and quasars, and proper quanta of other topics as illuminating as Light, as absorbing as Black Holes, and as expansive as the Theory of Everything. Biographies of leading contributors to natural knowledge, arranged where appropriate in pairs as in Plutarch's Lives, connect the personal with the general development of scientific ideas and the wider course of discovery." "The entries follow an elaborate organizational plan, which amounts to a new classification of knowledge, its institutional settings, and its applications. This plan is reprinted in the opening pages of the Guide." "Thoroughly cross-referenced, and accented with attractive black and white artwork, no other source is as systematic and authoritative or as informative and inviting in its coverage of physics, astronomy and planetary science."--Jacket
Physics : a short history, from quintessence to quarks by J. L Heilbron( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does the physics we know today-- a highly professionalized enterprise, inextricably linked to government and industry-- link back to its origins as a liberal art in ancient Greece? What is the path that leads from the old philosophy of nature and its concern with humankind's place in the universe to modern massive international projects that hunt down fundamental particles and industrial laboratories that manufacture marvels? John Heilbron's fascinating history of physics introduces us to Islamic astronomers and mathematicians, calculating the size of the earth whilst their caliphs conquered much of it; to medieval scholar-theologians investigating light; to Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton, measuring, and trying to explain, the universe. We visit the 'House of Wisdom' in 9th-century Baghdad; Europe's first universities; the courts of the Renaissance; the Scientific Revolution and the academies of the 18th century; the increasingly specialized world of 20th and 21st century science. Highlighting the shifting relationship between physics, philosophy, mathematics, and technology-- and the implications for humankind's self-understanding-- Heilbron explores the changing place and purpose of physics in the cultures and societies that have nurtured it over the centuries"--
Lawrence and his laboratory : a history of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory by J. L Heilbron( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Quantifying spirit in the 18th century by Tore Frängsmyr( Book )

10 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of early modern physics by J. L Heilbron( Book )

11 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and Italian and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Dee on astronomy = Propaedeumata aphoristica (1558 and 1568) by John Dee( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and Latin and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature on the history of physics in the 20th century by J. L Heilbron( Book )

16 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planck, 1858-1947 : une conscience déchirée by J. L Heilbron( Book )

25 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literaturverz. S. 213 - 222
Physics at the Royal Society during Newton's presidency by J. L Heilbron( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An inventory of published letters to and from physicists, 1900-1950 by Bruce R Wheaton( Book )

19 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Nobel population 1901-1937 : a census of the nominators and nominees for the prizes in physics and chemistry by Elisabeth T Crawford( Book )

13 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love, literature, and the quantum atom : Niels Bohr's 1913 trilogy revisited by Finn Aaserud( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title presents unpublished excerpts from extensive correspondence between Niels Bohr and his immediate family, and uses it to describe and analyze the psychological and cultural background to his invention of the quantum theory of the atom --
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Alternative Names
Hairuburon, Jon L. 1934-

Heilbron, J.L.

Heilbron, J. L. 1934-

Heilbron, John

Heilbron, John 1934-

Heilbron , John L.

Heilbron, John L. 1934-

Heilbron , John Lewis

Heilbron, John Lewis 1934-

John Heilbron

John Heilbron US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

John L. Heilbron American historian

John L. Heilbron Amerikaans historicus

John L. Heilbron storico statunitense

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English (263)

German (17)

French (9)

Italian (9)

Japanese (5)

Chinese (2)

Latin (1)

The Oxford companion to the history of modern scienceThe sun in the Church : cathedrals as solar observatoriesThe dilemmas of an upright man : Max Planck as spokesman for German scienceElectricity in the 17th and 18th centuries : a study of early Modern physicsGeometry civilized : history, culture, and techniqueThe Oxford guide to the history of physics and astronomyLawrence and his laboratory : a history of the Lawrence Berkeley LaboratoryThe Quantifying spirit in the 18th centuryElements of early modern physics