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Heims, Steve J.

Overview
Works: 18 works in 91 publications in 6 languages and 1,899 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QA28, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Steve J Heims
John Von Neumann and Norbert Wiener : from mathematics to the technologies of life and death by Steve J Heims( Book )

34 editions published between 1980 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse wiskundige van Russische origine Norbert Wiener (1894-1964), en van de Amerikaanse wiskundige van Hongaarse origine Ludwig John von Neumann (1903-1957)
The cybernetics group by Steve J Heims( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and Italian and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constructing a social science for postwar America : the cybernetics group, 1946-1953 by Steve Joshua Heims( )

7 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passages from Berlin : recollections of former students and staff of the Goldschmidt Schule by Steve J. ed Heims( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John von Neumann y Norbert Wiener by Steve J Heims( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invention : the care and feeding of ideas by Norbert Wiener( Book )

5 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Internationally honored for brilliant achievements throughout his career, author of Cybernetics, ExProdigy, and the essay God and Golem, Inc., which won the National Book Award in 1964, Norbert Wiener was no ordinary mathematician. With the ability to understand how things worked or might work at a very deep level, he linked his own mathematics to engineering and provided basic ideas for the design of all sorts of inventions, from radar to communications networks to computers to artificial limbs. Wiener had an abiding concern about the ethics guiding applications of theories he and other scientists developed. Years after he died, the manuscript for this book was discovered among his papers. The world of science has changed greatly since Wiener's day, and much of the change has been in the direction he warned against. Now published for the first time, this book can be read as a salutary corrective from the past and a chance to rethink the components of an environment that encourages inventiveness.Wiener provides an engagingly written insider's understanding of the history of discovery and invention, emphasizing the historical circumstances that foster innovations and allow their application. His message is that truly original ideas cannot be produced on an assembly line, and that their consequences are often felt only at distant times and places. The intellectual and technological environment has to be right before the idea can blossom. The best course for society is to encourage the best minds to pursue the most interesting topics, and to reward them for the insights they produce. Wiener's comments on the problem of secrecy and the importance of the "free-lance" scientist are particularly pertinent today. Steve Heims provides a brief history of Wiener's literary output and reviews his contributions to the field of invention and discovery. In addition, Heims suggests significant ways in which Wiener's ideas still apply to dilemmas facing the scientific and engineering communities of the 1990s." --Descripción del editor
John von Neumann y Norbert Wiener by Steve J Heims( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in Spanish and Esperanto and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Henry Linshitz by Henry Linshitz( )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussion of Fritz London's papers, beginning in 1927, on chemistry, dispersion forces, adiabatic chemical reactions (Polanyi, Eugene Wigner, Eyring) and development of the theory of non-adiabatic chemical reactions (Clarence Zener, Edward Teller). Linshitz a chemistry student at Duke University; excitement of statistical and quantum mechanics courses taught by London; Linshitz's lecture notes, with corrections by London: detailed material on pre-1925 physics, Bohr model, classical dispersion theory; Linshitz recruited as City College graduate to Duke by Paul Gross, head of the Duke chemistry department. Leaves Duke to work with Kistiakowsky on shaped charges, 1943. Then to Los Alamos to work on implosion method lenses for atomic bomb; assembles bomb that was actually dropped (Philip Morrison). Returns to Duke after World War II. Recounts history of discovery of fission in 1939 (Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner); Bohr's liquid-drop model. Finishes thesis under Gross; London a bit aloof, closer to Lothar Nordheim and Hertha Sponer-Franck
Oral history interview with Friedrich Herneck by Friedrich Herneck( )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed include: correspondence with other physicists, such as Max Born, Max von Laue, Werner Heisenberg, and Carl Friedrich Weizsacker; Herneck's studying of relativity with Philip Frank; and geophysics and the history of science existing in the German Democratic Republic (GDR)
Oral history interview with E. W. Montroll by E. W Montroll( )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed include: his education at the University of Pittsburgh, his work with Joe Mayer, his Sterling Fellow post at Yale and work with the Ising model, his work with Kirkwood on wave theory during the war, and his work with ring diagram, cluster expansion theory, Feynman diagrams, Honsagger, phase transitions at Columbia, statistical mechanics problems, and his time at IBM
Saibanetikusugakushatachi : Amerika sengo kagaku no shuppatsu( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Paul Rudolph Zilsel by Paul Rudolph Zilsel( )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interview discusses the following subjects, among others: Zilsel emigrates from Austria to England in 1938, and then to the United States in 1939; parents unhappy in America in the 1940s; father's socialism in Austria. Undergraduate (physics) at College of Charleston, SC; to University of Wisconsin for graduate study; meets Gregory Breit; M.A. in mathematics; joins American Youth for Democracy (Young Communist League), and then the Communist Party in 1946. Follows Breit to Yale University in 1947 to complete doctorate. After Ph. D. at Yale completed, works with Fritz London at Duke University; original plans for instructorship at Yale abandoned by Breit when he discovered Zilsel could not get security clearance; comparison of Breit's and J. Robert Oppenheimer's attitudes. Southern aristocracy and social anti-Semitism in Charleston; London's isolation at Duke and his views on intellectual and cultural level there; Paul Lazarfeld. Zilsel expelled from Communist Party in 1948; London teaches one year in London and Zilsel goes to Colorado State. The House Un-American Activities Committee hearings; Zilsel's lawyer; suspension from teaching at University of Connecticut. Nathan Rosen and the physics department at Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa; Zilsel, wife and children move to Haifa; joins physics department. Progression of Zilsel's political views; attitude toward Jews and Arabs in Israel. Moves to McMaster University in Canada, 1956; discussion of old dissertation topics (low energy neutron-proton scattering theory, Pais' f-field and its effect on scattering), and the switch to statistical mechanics and helium. Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, 1958 (to avoid denaturalization); political activity there; reflects on his need to take extreme political positions. Conference in Vienna, 1987, "Die Vertriebene Vernunft;" pervasive sense of nostalgia and of having sold out. Reflections on father's suicide, Zilsel's own loyalty to principle, and the state of Israel. Detailed discussion of Fritz London; his personal style; Zilsel's contribution to his two-volume work on superconductivity and helium; joint paper with London on heat conductivity. London's lack of involvement in political activity, Breit's fear of it
Oral history interview with Kurt Ueberreiter by Kurt Ueberreiter( )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Topics discussed include: Ueberreiter's work at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut fur physikalische Chemie und Electrochemie and macromolecular chemistry; Fritz Haber; Hartmut Kallmann; his work with polymers and at the Max Planck Gesellschaft; Peter Debye; Von Laue
Fon noiman to uīnā( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in Japanese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Von Neman y Norbert Wiener by Steve J Heims( Book )

in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

From mathematics to the technologies of life and death by John Von Neumann( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

John von Neumann y Norbert Wiener by Steve J Heims( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in Spanish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Papers by Steve J Heims( )

in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection consists of papers and interviews that Heims, a physicist and historian of science, assembled while preparing two books
 
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The cybernetics group
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Constructing a social science for postwar America : the cybernetics group, 1946-1953Invention : the care and feeding of ideas
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Heims, Steve Joshua.

ハイムズ, スティーブ・J

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