Gamow, Alpher, Bethe, The Origin of the Chemical Elements. American Physical Society, 1948. Physical Review vol 73, April 1, 1948 Original printed wrappers. Very fine condition. We offer the original issue of 1 April 1948, with its pristine original wrappers, cleanly removed from a larger bound volume. The Big Bang: the great Alpher/Bethe/Gamow paper and all-time insider-bad-joke, coming in the 1 April 1948 issue of the Physical Review. The letter to the editor which announced Gamow's (et alia) theory on background radiation and the formulation of the "Big Bang". This is one of the great discoveries of the century--it didn't have the implications of the (troublesome and tiresome) James Watson's DNA "discovery", but it certainly had other enormous intellectual and philosophical (and scientific of course) ramifications. Alpher, Ralph; George Gamow [& Hans Bethe, for the fictionalized use of his name only, for the capital "Beta", and this ABC paper]. "The Origin of the Chemical Elements". In: Physical Review, 73, April-June, 1948, contained on Pp 803-804 . Original green wrappers are all bound in for all of the issues the three months. THis is about as close to NEW as one could get, I think, for this paper. The red binding is cloth and also VERY FINE. Really extraordianarily nice condition. $2500.