Changing Landscapes of Nuclear Physics

A Scientometric Study on the Social and Cognitive Position of German-Speaking Emigrants Within the Nuclear Physics Community, 1921–1947

  • Klaus Fischer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-V
  2. General Preface

    1. Klaus Fischer
      Pages 1-7
  3. Introduction: The Effects of Scientific Emigration: Special Methodological Questions

  4. Method

    1. Klaus Fischer
      Pages 14-22
  5. Data Base and Preliminary Descriptive Analyses

  6. Emigrants as Literary Producers in Nuclear Physics

  7. Recognizing Emigrants’ Scientific Achievement: Temporal Order, Social Stratification, and Type of Journal

  8. Disciplinary Landscapes in Nuclear Physics: Social and Cognitive

  9. Biography in Context

  10. Back Matter
    Pages 241-258

About this book


Nuclear physics between 1921 and 1947 shaped more than any other science thepolitical landscape of our century and the public opinion on physical research. Using quantitative scientometric methods, a new branch in the history of science, the author focuses on the developments of nuclear physics in these formative years paying special attention to theimpact of German emigrants on the evolution of the field as a cognitive and social unity. The book is based on a thorough analysis of various citation analyses thus producing results that should be more replicable and more objective. The scientometric techniques should complement the more qualitative approach usually applied in historical writing. This makes the text an interesting study also for the historian in general.


Kernphysik Normal Scientometrie Wissenschaftsgeschichte Wissenschaftsmigration emigration studies history of science molecule nuclear physics scientometry

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Fischer
    • 1
  1. 1.FB 1, Wissenschaftstheorie und analytische PhilosophieUniversität TrierTrierGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-56480-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-78089-9
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