Bethe & Placzek, " Resonance Effects in Nuclear Processes." American Physical Society, 1937. 1st edition. The Physical Review, 51, March 15, 1937 8vo. Original printed wrappers. Very good condition. The Bethe and Placzek article is abstracted in the great APS PROLA site, as follows: "A general formula is developed for the probability of nuclear processes with particular consideration of resonance (§2). The dependence of the cross section on the energy of the incident particle can be divided into two parts: Firstly, the dependence over energy regions small compared to nuclear energies, and secondly that over large energy regions, of the order of a million volts or more. The first dependence is completely given by the resonance formula; it shows resonance maxima and besides a simple general trend with the particle energy such as the 1 / v law. The dependence over large energy regions cannot be found without referring to a special nuclear model. (If the problem of nuclei were a one-body rather than a many-body problem, there would be only the dependence over large energy regions. Thus much more theoretical information of a general nature can be obtained for the many-body than for the one-body
Hilbert, David. "Problemes Mathematiques." Paris: Librairie armand Colin, 1901. 1st edition. In: Revue generale des Sciences pures et appliques, 28 Fevrier 1901, 12e annee, No. 4.
This is a revised printing of the 2nd printing of Hilbert's great problems speech (taken from The Archives of Mathematics), in which the he famously posed his 23 ("The Problems of Mathematics" was delivered to the Second International Congress of Mathematicians in Paris) problems which would challenge mathematicians to solve fundamental problems in the maths for years to come. It was a speech full of optimism for mathematics in the coming century and he felt that open problems were the sign of vitality in the subject: "The great importance of definite problems for the progress of mathematical science in general ... is undeniable. ... [for] as long as a branch of knowledge supplies a surplus of such problems, it maintains its vitality. ... every mathematician certainly shares ..the conviction that every mathematical problem is necessarily capable of strict resolution ... we hear within ourselves the constant cry: There is the problem, seek the solution. You can find it through pure thought... Hilbert's problems included the continuum hypothesis, the well ordering of the reals, Goldbach's conjecture, the transcendence of powers of algebraic numbers, the Riemann hypothesis, the extension of Dirichlet's principle and many more. Many of the problems were solved during this century, and each time one of the problems was solved it was a major event for mathematics".
Early Printing of Hilbert's Problems:
Hilbert, Mathematische Probleme, lecture held at the Paris ICM 1900, Nachrichten von der Koniglichen Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften zu Gottingen (1900) 253-297; revised version in Archiv der Mathematik und Physik 1 (1901) 44-63, 213-237, and [58:3, pp. 290-329]
English translation (by M. W. Newson) in Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 8 (1901) 437-479; reprinted in the Bulletin 37 (2000) 407-436; also in Browder [8:1, pp. 1-34], Yandell [115, pp. 324-389], and Gray [31, pp. 240-282], selected parts in Ewald [17:2, pp. 1096-1105] and Reid [87, chap. 9].
French translations by L. Laugel (with corrections and additions) in Compte rendu du deuxieme congres international des mathematiciens tenu `a Paris du 6 au 12 aout 1900, E. Duporcq, ed., Gauthier-Villars, Paris, 1902, pp. 58-114; (fragments).L'Enseignement Mathematique 2 (1900) 349-354 and Revue Generale des Sciences Pures et Appliqees 12 (1901) 168-174.
This copy is very problematic--it comes from a tall stack of issues fro the Revue that I bought of the Library of Congress years ago--they were all cleanly sliced from their binding in an effort to digitize them. That said, all pages are loose, but uniform. I just couldn't not purchase these 30 years or so of the Revue, I couldn't let them go because they were in a difficult state. Hence the price: $150
"Mathematics and Logic." Menasha, Wisconsin: American MAthematical Association, 1946. 1st edition.
In: The American Mathematical Monthly, 53/1 Pp 2-14 8vo. Printed wrappers. Very good condition. Nice copy We offer Weyl's contribution in the whole (blue wrappers) issue for January 1946 (containing pp 1-58). Not common. $50.00
Quine, Willard. "The Problem of Simplifying Truth Functions." Mathematical Association of America, 1952. 1st edition. American Mathematical Monthly 59/8, October 1952 Original printed wrappers. Fine condition.
Quine, Willard van Orman. "A Way to Simplify Truth Functions". Mathematical Association of America, 1955. 1st edition. American Mathematical Monthly 8vo. Original printed wrappers. Very good condition. This is presentation of the Quine-McCluskey method of logical circuit minimization. Major paper, and its only appearance. The Quine-McCluskey algorithm (or the method of prime implicants) is a method used for minimization of boolean functions which was developed by W.V. Quine and Edward J. McCluskey. It is functionally identical to Karnaugh mapping, but the tabular form makes it more efficient for use in computer algorithms, and it also gives a deterministic way to check that the minimal form of a Boolean function has been reached. It is sometimes referred to as the tabulation method.
[Note: both issues are the same color; the issue in the background was rendered darker because it wasn't on the scanner bed.]
Poincare, Henri. "Sur la generalisation d'un theoreme elementaire de Geometrie." Paris: Academie des Sciences, 1905. 1st edition. Comptes Rendus, 16 January 1905 4to. Paper wrappers. Good condition. Both are extracted from a larger bound volume, though only the front wrapper is present. $350
Is this the real basis for Minkowski's construction of the 4-dimensions space-time structure? Something interesting to think about, for certain--only 6 months later would appear in these pages Poincare's "relativity" paper (1 June 1905)(on the dynamics of an electron), which so many others have (wrongly, I think) claimed to be the inspiration for the Einstein work on relativity.
OGO--Orbiting Geophysical Observatory Materials, Manuscript, Blueprints, etc.
Published by TRW and various, 1962-1964.
Includes: "Final Report, Investigation of OGO-A Malfunction, Vol 1, Technical Considerations." TRW, 1964. 4 parts, 75pp. PLUS "OGO Structure Subsytem Design Criteria", offset mimeo sheets, with folding blueprints, photos etc etc.
***From Astronautica.com: "The OGO--Orbiting Geophysical Laboratory--Class: Earth. Type: Magnetosphere. Nation: USA. Agency: NASA. The purpose of the six Orbiting Geophysical Observatories was to conduct diversified geophysical experiments to obtain a better understanding of the earth as a planet and to develop and operate a standardized observatory-type satellite. OGO consisted of a main body, two solar panels, each with a solar-oriented experiment package (SOEP), two orbital plane experiment packages (OPEP) and six appendages, EP-1 through EP-6, supporting the boom experiment packages. The main body of the spacecraft was attitude controlled by means of horizon scanners and gas jets so that its orientation was maintained constant with respect to the earth and the sun. The solar panels rotated on a horizontal axis extending transversely through the main body of the spacecraft. The rotation of the panels was activated by sun sensors so that the panels received maximum sunlight. Seven experiments were mounted on the solar panels (the SOEP package). An additional axis, oriented vertically across the front of the main body, carried seven experiments (the OPEP package). Nominally, these sensors observed in a forward direction in the orbital plane of the satellite. The sensors could be rotated more than 90 deg relative to the nominal observing position and more than 90 deg between the upper and lower OPEP groups mounted on either end of this axis." $500.00
Weapon System 113B Aerospace Vehicle Structural Design Criteria. 1962. 37pp 4to. "This document presents the basic requirements and information governing the structural design of the SM-80C Minuteman vehicle, including the re-entry vehicle during powered flight". The SM-80C was the Minuteman I, first successfully flown 28 Sept 1962 at Vandenberg. Stamped "Confidential", this report is a stapled collection of the offset sheets and subjected to very limited distribution. $200.00
Allied Bombing and a Report on Damage to German Industry
Fliegerangriff in der Nachct vom 17./18.8.40 auf die Hydrierwerk Scholven A.G.
1940. Fine condition. Size: 11.5 x 8.5 inches. 20 leaves with 27 original photographic images of damage caused by the bombing. Each leave is quite thick—much more stiff and heavy than a 110-lb cover stock sheet. The photos are all 3 x 4.5 inches, and are clear and bright. Condition: fine condition. Provenance: ex-library, U.S. Library of Congress. This book was part of a very large collection of 90,000 pamphlets that we bought of the U.S. Library of Congress. Known simply as the “Pamphlet Collection” it is identified by a distinctive and tiny 3mm perforated stamp, plus a bookplate at the front pastedown. Binding: bound in thick cloth boards.
**NOTE: Hdydrierwerk Scholven A.G. was a synthetic petroleum plant and was one of the earliest targets of the British in the Ruhr Valley. It was owned by the Hibernia Mining Company, as a hydrogenation plant in 1935. Gelsenkirchen is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, and is located in the northern part of the Ruhr area.
Publication Data: no indication of author/printer or which agency/department was responsible, but this looks like (to me) to be the beginning of a standard protocol on reporting damage from British bombing raids. It seems as though the typing under the captions is first generation. This may be a unique copy or perhaps (at worst) one of several. I would say it was of extremely highly limited distribution.
"Gelsenkirchen in the time of the Third Reich. In the time when the Nazis held sway in Germany, Gelsenkirchen, owing to its location in the heart of the Ruhr area, was a centre of wartime industry. In no other time has Gelsenkirchen's industry been so highly productive. This brought about, on the one hand, after the massive job cuts in the 1920s, a short-term boost in mining and heavy-industry jobs. On the other hand, the city naturally became the target of many heavy Allied bombing raids during the Second World War, which destroyed three fourths of Gelsenkirchen. Even today, many old above-ground air-raid shelters can be found in the city, and some of the city's official buildings such as Hans-Sachs-Haus downtown and the town hall in Buer have air-raid shelters still kept more or less in their original form. Two synagogues in Gelsenkirchen were destroyed in the anti-Jewish riots of Kristallnacht in November 1938. The one in Buer was burnt down. The one in downtown Gelsenkirchen was likewise destroyed. Exactly 66 years later, the cornerstone was laid there for a new synagogue. The Institute for City History set up a documentation site: "Gelsenkirchen in National Socialist times". Throughout the time when Hitler was in power, from 1933 to 1945, the city's mayor was Carl Engelbert Böhmer, an NSDAP member." $500.00