Robert A. Millikan, "Some Facts Bearing on the Structure of Atoms Particularly of the Helium Atom", in the Physical Review, volume 18, number 6, December 1921 pp 456-461. Original wrappers. Good copy, with some bits missing on the spine. See The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, Volumes 1-2 by Jagdish Mehra, Helmut Rechenberg, p 813 in bibliography/references. $125
Dirac, P.A.M. "Quantum Theory of Localizable Dynamic Systems", American Physical Society, in the Physical Review,
73/9, 1 May 1948. Original printed wrappers. Very good condition.
This is one of only eight (total) articles published by Dirac in an
APS-sponsored publication (see bottom). $500
_____. Another copy, though this one has a very small (1/4-inch) chip missing at the upper left corner of the front wrapper). $350
Fritz Zwicky. "On a New Type of Reasoning and Some of Its Possible Consequences", a letter to the editor in Physical Review, vol. 43, Issue 12, pp. 1031-1033. In the original printed wrappers. Good copy, though with a splotch of red ink on the spine. Full text online here. $150
"On a principle of flexibility of scientific truth -- From a deeper
scrutiny of the foundations of scientific truth it follows that every
scientific statement referring to observations should possess a certain
minimum degree of flexibility. In other words, no set of two-valued
truths can be established with the expectation that this set ultimately
will stand the test of experience. Formulations of scientific truth
intrinsically must be many-valued..."--from Caltech Authors, here.
Aspect, A. , Trois tests expérimentaux des inégalités de Bell par mesure de corrélation de polarization de photons, Orsay: Thèse d’Etat. Aspect, A. , “Bell's Theorem: the naïve view of an experimentalist,” in Quantum [Un]speakables,, R.A. Bertlmann and A. Zeilinger (eds.), Berlin-Heidelberg-New York: Springer, 119–153.
"The very nature of the quantum theory thus forces us to regard the
space-time co-ordination and the claim of causality, the union of which
characterizes the classical theories, as complementary but exclusive
features of the description"--Niels BohrCollected Works, edited by E. Rüdinger. vol. 6: The Foundation of Quantum Physics, (1926–1932), edited by J. Kalckar, page 115.
Bohr, Niels. "The Quantum Postulate". In: Nature, vol. 121, no. 3050, pp.
580-590, April 14, 1928. with the original front wrapper, removed from a larger bound volume. Provenance: Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Very good copy. $1250
First publication in English (though it was pubished virytually at the same time in German and French) of Bohr's
"complementarity" lecture on the state of quantum mechanics
presented at the Volta Conference at Lake Como, Italy (1927). This was the first Volta Conference (others would follow, yearly, from 1932-1935, in different subject areas) and was entitled the International Conference on Physics, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Science in Rome, and funded by the Alessandro Volta Foundation, and was held in 1927.
"From 11th to 20th September 1927 in Como, an International
Conference on Physics was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
death of Alessandro Volta. Niels Bohr presented his idea of complementarity to
an illustrious gathering. In the discussion, Max Born, Hendrik Kramers, Werner Heisenberg,
Enrico Fermi and Wolfgang Pauli gave their comments on
his paper."--ETH Bibliothek, here.
Five weeks later was the Fifth Solvay Conference, another enormous powerhouse of a meeting of the world's leading physicists, and one particularly known for the discussion bteween Bohr and Einstein on the Copenhagen Iterpretation of quantum mechanics:
between Bohr and Einstein dominated the conference and although Einstein could
not be convinced that the new interpretation of the quantum theory was
satisfactory in all respects, Einstein finally had to admit that it was
self-consistent and free from contradictions. Pauli also contributed decisively
to the results of this conference, in which he frequently rose to speak".--ETH Bibliothek, here.
From the Dictionary of Scientific Biography:
"From the epistemological point of view,
the discovery of the new type of logical relationship that
complementarity represents is a major advance that radically changes our
whole view of the role and meaning of science. In contrast with the
nineteenth-century ideal of a description of the phenomena from which
every reference to their observation would be eliminated, we have the
much wider and truer prospect of an account of the phenomena in which
due regard is paid to the conditions under which they can actually be
observed - thereby securing the full objectivity of the description" --DSB, pp 249-250
Elsasser, Walter. The Philosophical Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics.
College Park: Offset, ca. 1970. 45 leaves Paper wrappers. Fine condition. This is an offset publication by the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland. Very scarce! $150
The following biographical note is from Wiki: "Walter Maurice Elsasser (born March 20, 1904, in Mannheim, Germany; died October 14, 1991, in Baltimore) was a physicist and is considered "father" of the geodynamo theory. Long before he became known for his geodynamo theory, while in Göttingen in the 1920s, he has suggested the experiment to test the wave aspect of electrons. This suggestion of Elsasser was later communicated by his senior colleague from Göttingen (Nobel Prize recipient Max Born) to physicists in England. This explained the results of the Davisson-Germer and Thompson experiments later awarded with the Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1935, while working in Paris, Elsasser calculated the binding energies of protons and neutrons in heavy radioactive nuclei. Wigner, Jensen and Meyer received the Nobel in 1963 for work developing out of Elsasser's initial formulation. Elsasser therefore came quite close to a Nobel prize on two occasions. Over 1946-1947, Elsasser published papers outlining the theory that the Earth's electromagnetic field is powered by eddy currents at the planet's liquid core. This had been developed from around 1941 onwards, partly in his spare time during his scientific war service with the US Signal Corps. In his later years, Elsasser became interested in what is now called systems biology and contributed a series of articles to Journal of Theoretical Biology. The final version of his thoughts on this subject can be found in his book Reflections on a Theory of Organisms, published in 1987 and again posthumously with a new forward by Harry Rubin in 1998."
(John von Neumann) "Representations and ray-representations in quantum mechanics". 250-word abstract from the Pittsburgh Symposium on Group theiry and quantum Mechanics, published in the Bulletin of the American MAthematical Society, volume XLI, number 5, May 1935, page 350. Offered is the entire issue pp 305-352, in the original printed wrappers. Very good copy. $95
Wolfgang Pauli. "On Dirac's New Method of Field Quantization." American Physical Society, as published in the Reviews of Modern Physics, July 1943 (volume 15, number 3). The pauli article occupies the entire issue of pp 175-207. We offer the paper in the original orange wrappers, a lovely, Very Fine copy. $250
_____. Another copy, not quite as pretty, but still a solid Fine. $150
And from two years earlier, a related article by Pauli, from the same journal:
"Relativistic Field Theories of Elementary Particles". In Reviews of Modern Physics, July 1941, volume 13, number 3, pp 203-232 (in the issue of pp 171-232). Original wrappers. Fine copy. $85