Science, including History and Philosophy

revised and updated 01/08/05

We list these in groups in order of date of publication. The grouping is subject to change as the list develops. Coding 3 implies personal or family interest, 4 potential Quaker interest, 5 potential Labour History interest, 6 general Irish Studies interest, Boston College. Note that many of these are potentially code 1, if the RDS decides to make this aspect focal.

Science in Ireland; Case 2, shelf 2L
1? Scientific and Technical Information in Ireland: a Review; NSC 1972.
1? Studies in Irish Science Policy; SPRU, UCD Dept of Political Economy, 1973.
Irish Agriculture: a Decade of Development; V Vial et al, NSC 1973.
1? Science Policy: Some Implications for Ireland; NSC 1973.
Stoney and the Electron; J O'Hara &J McConnell; RDS 1993 (2 copies).
1? Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics; Mary Brueck, Cambridge UP. 2002.
3. JD Bernal - Science and Society; Institute of Physics Conference, Limerick, 2007 (2 copies).
3. It's a Part of What We Are; Charles Mollan; 2 volumes; RDS 2007;
. biographic sketches of ~120 Irish scientists over 4 centuries.
3. George Francis Frizgerald; Denis Weaire (ed), Living Edition 2009.

Technology and Innovation in Ireland; Case 2, shelf 2R
1? Most of these could perhaps interest the RDS in its 'science and society' resource role, especially in its Irish dimension?
1? A History of Irish Steel; Sarsfield Hogan, Gill & Macmillan, 1980.
1000 Years of Irish Whiskey; Malachy Magee, O'Brien Press, 1980.
Linen on the Green; Wallace Clark, Universities Press, Belfast, 1982-3.
Irish Masters of Medicine; Davis Coakley, Town House, Dublin, 1992.
Farm Energy; Barry Caslin et al; Teagasc 2006.
1? Civilizing Ireland: Ordnance Survey 1824-1842; Stiofan O Cadhla; Irish Academic Press, 2007.
1? Living Off the Land: Women Farmers of Today; ed Josephine Russell; Curragh Press 2008.
1? John Tyndall: essays on a Natural Philosopher; WH Brock et al (ed), RDS 1981.
Drive like a Woman; Shop like a Man; Mary Mulvihill; New Island 2009.

Classic Text-books: Attic; case 2, shelf 3.

1? I am putting in this section with a view to attempting to detect a difference between the terms 'classic' and 'obsolete'. I would be interested in estimates of their current relevance, whether in support of current teaching, or in the context of some historical analysis of didactic procedures. Possibly of interest to RDS?

Differential Equations; HTH Piaggio 1928, Bell, London, 1946.
Dynamics (Part 1); AS Ramsey 1928, Cambridge UP 1946.
Relativity, Thermodynamics and Cosmology; RC Tolman 1934, Clarendon, Oxford 1946.
Properties of Matter; FC Champion & N Davy 1936, Blackie, London, 1947.
The Theory of Functions; EC Titchmarsh 1939, Oxford UP 1947.
Heat and Thermodynamics; JK Roberts 1940, Blackie, London, 1949.
Integration; RP Gillespie, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1944.
Statistical Thermodynamics; Erwin Schroedinger, Cambridge UP 1948, based on the 1944 DIAS seminar series
Cosmic Rays; L Janossy, Clarendon, Oxford 1948.
. This was written mainly during the war, as an overview of the state of the domain when little was going on. Janossy was in the DIAS and I bought it because I aspired to go there after graduation. Just after it was published Powell in Bristol discovered the pi-meson, rendering the Janossy overview mostly obsolete, as much of his analysis was dedicated to the problem of reconciling the properties of the then-known experimental meson (subsequently identified as the mu) with the predicted 'nuclear force' meson of Yukawa, which of course was the pi. The book is therefore perhaps of interest in a 'paradigm-shift analysis' context.
Introduction to the Theory of Finite Groups; W Ledermann, Oliver & Boyd, Edinburgh, 1949.
The Principles of Cloud-Chamber Technique; JG Wilson, Cambridge UP 1951.

For transfer but currently misplaced:
1,6. The Irish Ordnance Survey: History, Culture and Memory; Gillian M Doherty; Four Courts Press, 2004.

Boxed or transferred
transferred to Boston College (Dublin):

6. History of Irish Farming 1750-1950; J Bell & M Watson; Four Courts Press 2009 pb.
6. The Irish Countryside: landscape, wildlife, history, people; ed Desmond Gillmore, Wolfhound 1989.
6. Schroedinger: Life and Thought; Walter Moore, Cambridge UP, 1989.
6. A Profit and Loss Account of Science in Ireland; PEM Clinch & RC Mollan (eds), RDS 1983.
6. Nostri Plena Laboris: author index to RDS journals; Charles Mollan, RDS, 1987 (2 copies).
6. Dunsink Observatory 1785-1985; Patrick Wayman, RDS/DIAS 1987; RJ review exists.
6. The Story of the Royal Dublin Society; Terence de Vere White, Kerryman, Tralee, 1955.
Research in Ireland: key to economic and social development; Michael Woods, IPA, 1969.
6. Ireland: Background Report on Science and Technology; Diarmuid Murphy, National Science Council (NSC) 1972.
Progress Report 1969-71; NSC 1972.

transferred to RDS (second batch, box 3):
1. Genetic Operations Research Workshop: TCD proceedings, Jan 1974; probably ed P Cunningham.
1. Wheel and Spindle; Alan McCutcheon, Blackstaff Press, 1977.
1. Irish Bogs: a Case for Planning; H van Eck et al; Catholic University Nijmegen, 1984.
1. Licencing and Finding New Products; Kieran A Comerford, IIRS, 1984.
1. Vulgar & Mechanick: the Scientific Instrument Trade in Ireland, 1650-1921;
. JE Burnett & AD Morrison-Lowe, National Museums of Scotland and RDS, 1989.
1. Gunpowder to Guided Missiles; George D Kelleher, samizdat, Kelleher estate, Cork, 1993.
1. Mind and Hand (exhibition catalogue, instruments of science 1685 - 1932); Charles Mollan, Samton 1995.
See 'science an society in general' for remainder of contents of box 3.

Transferred earlier elsewhere
Those coded 1 are with the RDS (first batch), 2 are with Notre Dame (Dublin).

1. Introduction to Science; JA Thomson, Williams & Norgate, Home University series, 1911-27.
. from the TW Moody collection, dated 1944.
1. I P Pavlov, his Life and Work; E A Asratyan, USSR Acad Sci 1949, FLPH 1953.
1. Cosmic Ray Symposium, DIAS 1951, includes classic O Ceallaigh papers.
1. Charles Algernon Parsons; paper by J deC Ireland in Hermathena LXXXIII, May 1954.
1. Enrico Fermi memorial publication; suppl Nuovo Cimento 1, 1955.
1. New Methods in Vocal Folk Music Research; Karl Dahlback, Oslo UP 1958.
1. Atomic Energy Committee Report to the Taoiseach, May 1958; ETS Walton, C O Ceallaigh et al.
1. Is the Study of History a Brake on the Progress of Science?
. paper by JL Synge in Hermathena XCI, May 1958.
1. Teilhard de Chardin Explained; JV Kopf, Mercier Press, Cork, 1964-7.
1. The Unbound Prometheus: Technological Change etc W Europe 1750 to present; Cambridge UP 1969-80.
1. The Development and Organisation of Scientific Knowledge; Harold Himsworth, Heinemann, London, 1970.
1. The Indefagigable Mr Woodcroft: the Legacy of Invention; John Hewish, British Library, circa 1970.
1. Operational Research 1972; ed Micheal Ross, North Holland, 1973 contains contributions by RJ
1. Physics in Industry; proc of 1976 IUPAP conference in Dublin, ed E O Mongain & CP O'Toole;
. contains critical notes by RJ; there was Irish Times comment also.
1. Every Object is a System; Patrick Doyle, self-published, 1976.
1. Science and Western Domination; Kurt Mendelssohn, Thames & Hudson, London, 1976.
1. Whither Science Policy? Patrick Lynch (Kane Lecture), SPRU/UCD, 1979.
1. Sir William Rowan Hamilton; TL Hankins, Johns Hopkins UP, 1980.
1. John Tyndall: 'X'emplar of scientific and technological education; McMillan & Meehan, NCEA, 1980.
1. The Office of County Surveyor: Origins and Early Years; Brendan O Donoghue, 23/11/1982.
1. Some People and Places in Irish Science and Technology; RC Mollan et al (ed), RIA 1985.
1. Science and Technology: Belfast and its Region; AE Hidden & CJ Latimer; Inst of Irish Studies, QUB, 1987.
1. Science in Ireland 1800-1930: Tradition and Reform; ed John Nudds et al; (Tyndall?) 1988.
1. Operations Research in Ireland; Julian MacAirt, Mercier 1988 contains RJ contributions.
1. More People and Places in Irish Science and Technology; RC Mollan et al (ed), RIA 1990.
1. Knowledge, Culture and Science in the Metropolis 1817-1970; Simon Baatz, NY Acad Sci, 1990.
1. DIAS Golden Jubilee 1940-90; DIAS 1990.
1. Monocultures of the Mind; Vandana Shiva, Zed Books, London, 1993.
1. Northern Ireland Scientists and Inventors; W Garvin & D O'Rawe, Blackstaff Press, 1993.
1. Robert Boyle Reconsidered; Michael Hunter (ed); Cambridge UP 1994.
1. Agnes Morrogh-Bernard 1842-1932: foundress of Foxford Woolen Mills; anon by Foxford IRD as a Fas project, circa 1995.
1. The Science of Empire (colonial rule in India); Zaheer Baber, SUNY, Albany,1996.
1. Stars, Shells & Bluebells: women scientists and pioneers; ed Mary Cullen et al; WITS, Dublin, 1997.
1. Nature in Ireland: a Scientific and Cultural History; ed JW Foster, Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1997.
1. Exposure: Living with Radiation in Ireland; John O'Dea, Irish Reporter Publications, 1997.
1. School of Cosmic Physics, 1947-1997, celebratory brochure, no author given, PR job, DIAS 1997.
1. School of Theoretical Physics, 50 year report, intro by TK Whitaker, also DIAS, 1997 (?).
1. Science and Colonialism in Ireland; N Whyte, Cork UP, 1999.
1. Prometheus's Fire: a History of Scientific and Technolgical Education in Ireland; ed Norman McMillan,
. Tyndall Publications, 2000.
1. Recoveries: neglected episodes in Irish cultural history; JW Foster, UCD Press, 2002; this includes Darwin in Ireland, the Titanic, and the Naturalist Field Clubs.
1. Ingenious Ireland: a county-by-county exploration etc..; Mary Mulvihill, Town House, 2002.
1. Irish Innovators in Science and Technology, C Mollan et al, RIA 2002.
1. ETS Walton 1903-1995; VJ McBrierty, TCD Press, 2003.
1. Physicists of Ireland: Passion and Precision; ed Mark McCartney & Andrew Whitaker, IoP 2003.
1. Rosalind Franklin: the Dark Lady of DNA; Brenda Maddox, Harper-Collins, 2003.
1. The Irish Ordnance Survey: History, Culture and Memory; Gillian M Doherty, Four Courts Press, 2004.
1. Science in Faith and Hope: an Introduction; George Ellis; Quaker Books 2004; Friendly Word, circa April 05.
1. On Literature and Science; ed Philip Coleman; Four Courts Press, 2005;
. (TCD seminar in Dublin British Association context, 2005)

1. Science, History and Public Awareness: review paper by RJ in the June 2006 Books Ireland, touching on the following titles:
. Science in Irish Culture: Why the History of Science Matters in Ireland; .. Vol 1, ed D Attis & C Mollan, RDS 2004;
. Science and Ireland: Value for Society; Vol 2, ed Charles Mollan, RDS 2005;
. Flashes of Brilliance: The Cutting Edge of Irish Science. Dick Ahlstrom, RIA 2006;
. The Irish Scientist: 2005 Year Book, ed Geraldine van Esbeck, Oldbury 2005.

1. The Blame Game: Rethinking Ireland's Sustainable Development etc; Brendan Flynn; Irish Academic Press 2008.

Bernal-authored or related:
1. Science in History, Watts, 1954.
1. World Without War, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1958.
1. Science for a Developing World (ed), based on a 1959 symposium in Warsaw; WFSW 1962.
1. Sage: a Life of JD Bernal; Maurice Goldsmith, Hutchinson, 1980; this biog did not have family support and is flawed in many respects, constituting the stimulus for the later omnibus job below.
1. JD Bernal's 'Social Function of Science' 1939-1989; ed Helmut Steiner, Akademie-verlag, Berlin, 1989. This omnibus publication contains in 703 pages papers from 45 authors, in English, German and Russian. Authors include Hodgkin, Wilkins, King, Moiseev, Legay, Rahman, Salam, Pauling, Velikov and many others. It is perhaps interesting as an epitaph for science in the GDR. It begs the question: how did the Bernalist 'science and society' model, consciously adopted in Eastern Europe, relate to the pathology of the overall model leading to failure?
1. JD Bernal: a Life in Science and Politics; ed Brenda Swann and Francis Aprahamian, Verso 1999; this multi-author work has a chapter by RJ on his Irish roots.
1. JD Bernal: the Sage of Science; Andrew Brown, Oxford UP, 2005.

2. The Quiet Revolution: the Electrification of Rural Ireland; Michael Shiel, O'Brien Press, 1984.

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