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Abelson, Philip H. "An Investigation of the Products of the Disintegration of Uranium by Neutrons", in the Physical Review, 1 July 1939, volume 56, pp 1-9, with 19 illustrations. In the original wrappers.
First edition. $200
"This is the first experiment definitely showing that a transuranic active element was actually an isotope of an ordinary one"--Lewis Turner, Nuclear Fission, pp 10.
Erwin Schroedinger, "What is Matter?", an offprint from the Scientific American, September 1953, 11x8 inches, 7pp. Listed as #181 in the bibliography of Schroedinger, being an abbreviated version of "Our Conception of Matter". Original wrappers. Fine copy. $75
Oppenheimer, J. Robert and W.H. Furry, "On the Theory of the Electron and Positive", in the Physical Review, volume 45, number 4, 15 February 1934. Very nice copy in the original green wrappers with a touch of red paint at the spine top and bottom. $195 The Oppenheimer article occupies pp 245-262 in the issue of pp 229-298.
Physics Today, volume 1/Number 1, May 1948. This is the very first issue of the journal, with the cover photo featuring Oppie's porkpie hat. Features an article by Vannevar Bush, "Trends in American Science", in its (only) 40pp. Original wrappers. Nice copy. $350
Dyson, Freeman. "Radiation Theories of Tomonaga, Schwinger, and Feynman", in the Physical Review, 1 February 1949, volume 75, #3, pp486-501. In the original printed wrappers. Very good copy. $200
Abstract from the American Physical Society PROLA website:
"A unified development of the subject of
quantum electrodynamics is outlined, embodying the main features both of
the Tomonaga-Schwinger and of the Feynman radiation theory. The theory
is carried to a point further than that reached by these authors, in the
discussion of higher order radiative reactions and vacuum polarization
phenomena. However, the theory of these higher order processes is a
program rather than a definitive theory, since no general proof of the
convergence of these effects is attempted.
"The chief results
obtained are (a) a demonstration of the equivalence of the Feynman and
Schwinger theories, and (b) a considerable simplification of the
procedure involved in applying the Schwinger theory to particular
problems, the simplification being the greater the more complicated the
Perrin, Francis. "Calcul relatif aux conditions eventuelles de transmutation en chaine de l’uranium", in Comptes Rendus, volume 208, No.18. Pp. (1369-) 1444, with Perrin's paper on pp. 1394-96. Offered in the original wrappers, removed from a larger bound volume.
Provenance: U.S. Weather Bureau Library (stamped "May 25, 1939"). Good copy.
Also in this issue:
Hans von Halban, Lew Kowarski and Paul Savitch,
"Sur la capture simple des neutrons et des neutrons de résonnance par
l'uranium". Pp. 1396-1398.
"Calcul relatif aux conditions eventuelles de
transmutation en chaine de l'uranium", in the Comptes Rendus, 1 May 1939, no.
18, pp 1394-1396, in the original wrappers, removed.
Otto Hahn. "Einige Besonderheiten der bei der Kernspaltung des Urans und Thors entstehenden künstlichen Atomarten", in Annalen der Physik Volume 428, Issue 3-4, pages 368–372, 1939. The issue, removed from a larger bound volume. Festschrift issue for the 60th birthday of Max von Laue. $50
Karl Pearson. "On the Terminology of the Mathematical Theory of Elasticity", in Nature, 19 March 1885, volume 31, pp 456-457, being two full columns or about 1,000 tightly-packed words. In the weekly issue, removed from a larger bound volume. Very good copy. $100
It begins: "THE late Dr. Todhunter left, in an incomplete state, a valuable “History
of the Mathematical Theories of Elasticity,” which the syndics of the
Cambridge University Press have intrusted to me to complete and edit. In
reading the great number of memoirs relating to the subject I have been
much struck by the want of a clear and accurate terminology in both
theoretical and practical elasticity. I have been forced to the
conclusion that the great discrepancy, which is often to be found
between theoretical and practical results, is in some measure due to the
want of this terminology (e.g. the extreme looseness of the term
“limit of elasticity”). I find it needful for the purposes of the above
work to adopt such a terminology, but before doing so it would be
extremely valuable to have the opinion of some of our leading
elasticians on the terms I venture to propose. I should be very glad of
any suggestions, through the columns of NATURE, towards a definite and