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Earlier in this blog I posted a great graph on the publications on relativity from 1896 to 1924 as published in Maurice Lecat's Bibliographie de la Relativité, suivie d'un appendice sur les déterminants à deux dimensions, le calcul des variations, les séries trigonométriques, et l'azéotropisme (published in Bruxelles by Lamertin in 1924). Preceding that graph are a few tables of interesting bits on the history of relativity. though I can say that there aren't too many surprises--the information is still very interesting. The Physical Review does not make the top-14 list (in the middle table). [Also see here for a good summation of a 1921 bibliography of relativity.]
The second set of tables shows the distribution by nationality of the contributor--it is interesting to note that the Americans made up 11% of the authors while the Physical Review came nowhere close to that percentage, meaning that the PR hadn't yet come to its place of high regard as a premium publishing vehicle, though that would come soon enough, particularly by the early 1930's.
Just a note here on the names of about the greatest English-language scientific journals of all time, the Philosophical Transactions... ("Phil Trans"). Like the great Annalen der Physik, which also had its fair share of name changes over the centuries (see here), the Phil Trans had a number of incarnations since it began in 1665. The list below is just a thumbnail reference for the proper name of the journal at the proper time, and it might make searching for things a little easier.
I found this fantastic list at the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation and wanted to include this with a list of other Maxwell items but simplycould not get a link to function directly to the most-interesting JCM personal library page, so I converted the .pdf and include it below. Please note that none of what follows is any of my work--all credit to the Clerk Maxwell Foundation folks.
THE CLERK MAXWELL COLLECTION
Courtesy of the Rayleigh Library, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge
The scientific books in Clerk Maxwell’s library, bequeathed to the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge by Mrs. Maxwell in 1887 (listed in October 1974 after move to the New Cavendish Laboratory). Maxwell died in 1879, so the books after 1887 were presumably sent on to the Cavendish by Mrs. Maxwell.
Edited by W. T. Johnston, Livingston, 1991
n.d. = no date
1) Abney,W. deW. Atreatise on photography. 1885.
2) Ainslie, John. Plan of Edinburgh, Leith and suburbs. n.d. [1804?]
3) Airy, G. B. Theory of errors of observations. 1861.
Louis Turner’s Review of Published Work on Nuclear Fission, 1934-1940.
With a List of Turner's References (Below)
JF Ptak Science Books Reference Tool
I've found this article1 by physicist Louis A. Turner to
be very helpful over the years. He was an I-was-there guy (and actually
an I-am-here guy) who wrote a stuccato article on the history of nuclear
fission which was top heavy in references, and did so in 1940, just
before the clamp came down on publication on the topic. Certainly there
are other more modern efforts in this area that are far more detailed,
but few have managed to do so good a job in as limited space as Turner,
which the fabulous John A. Wheeler recognized as a "great and timely"
1. Louis Turner. "Nuclear Fission." Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1940. An article in the Reviews of Modern Physics,
vol 12/1, January 1940, pp 1-30 of an issue of 85pp Original orange
wrappers. Fine condition. Also contains articles by Seaborg and Zwicky.
2. J.A. Wheeler, "Fission in 1939, the Puzzle and the Promise " Annual Reviews, 1989.
133 references can be read as a succession of one-line histories of the
subject (barring the permissions to reproduce the entire article):
Quantum Theory Timeline // Particle Adventure About 50 entries, no bibliographic data ; simple introductory timeline. http://www.particleadventure.org/other/history/quantumt.html .
Timeline of Quantum Mechanics Probably 150 entries and 77 bibliographic notes including links to the original articles. Pretty nice. The "History of QM" wiki entry is fairly basic. (Wiki) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_quantum_mechanics
Good introductory timeline from Northwestern U along with annotation (1814-1927) http://faculty.wcas.northwestern.edu/~infocom/Ideas/quantum_timeline.html
AlphaCenturi Quantum Timeline Short timeline but picks up James Franck in 1914. http://www.alpcentauri.info/quantum_mechanics_timeline.html
TimeRime. Kind of a short, splashy presentation with only a dozen dates or so. http://timerime.com/en/timeline/138786/Quantum+Theory/
Chronology of Quantum Mechanics, Molecular, Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics http://www.3rd1000.com/chronology/chrono3.htm
And this, a chronology of general physics, with a good selection in QM:
Big but incomplete, which means you'll have to get the book itself: Chronology of Science by Lisa Rezende. Google book, here.
This bibliography for George Boole just came in very handy, so I decided to distribute it. It appears in Treatise on Differential Equations, printed in 1865 and edited by Isaac Todhunter, the full text of which is found here. A very good entry on Boole is found in the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th, here.
I've posted a variety below of the important papers of Murray Gell-Mann (b. 1929, his bio via Nobel.org is here) as they appear in Murray Gell-Mann, Selected Papers, and published by World Scientific in 2010. Each has a link to the original paper. [Source: Google Books]
Following this is a re-post of the full list of publications by Gell-Mann as presented on the website of the Santa Fe Institute. All I've done here is copy the somewhat-difficult-to-read text into a table to differentiate the entries and make it a friendlier document (for me, at least). Again, this is solely the work of those at the Santa Fe Insitute.
I found recently a very interesting and useful table of the top-100 cited papers published in the Reviews of Modern Physics (published to 1988, see pp 10-12). It was collected and generated by Dr. Eugene Garfield and for me displays some pretty valuable information. It is arranged alphabetically by author, and since it is in a pretty static format I generated from the converted pdf file an index showing the papers arranged by the number of citations together with the last name of the author and the placement in the RMP--unfortunately the quality of the original pdf was such that it restricted using the title of the paper because it would have resulted in re-entering all of the data. So to use this new table just refer to the original pdf and you'll be able to quickly find all of the rest of the bibliographic information.
I found this very useful timeline presented in a not very friendly way at the about.com site. I couldn't help but to coyp it and clean it up a little to make it a little more accessible. Caveat: none of this is my own work--all of the credit for putting this list together goes to Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. The original site for the list is About.com.
"Here's a helpful table chronicling the discovery of the elements. The date is listed for when the element was first isolated. In many cases, the presence of a new element was suspected years or even thousands of years before it could be purified. Click on an element's name to see its entry in the Periodic Table and get facts for the element."
Here's an interesting, short timeline that I found and and which I reprint below--it was part of the appendix to the book by J.-P. Luminet, L'Invention du Big Bang (Editions du Seuil, Paris), which was printed in 1997. "Ce texte est l'introduction de l'ouvrage A.Friedmann, G.Lemaître : Essais de Cosmologie , traduction et notes de J.-P. Luminet et A. Grib, Le Seuil, collections 'Sources du Savoir' ".
Since we're nearing the half-way point of the 150th anniversary of the war I thought to put together a handy list of battles--I think I've seen one elsewhere but really I cannot recall the locatiion, so I cobbled together a fast-and-simple alpha list to have on hand.
Alphabetical Listing of Major Civil War Campaigns, by Battle
Allatoona Georgia October 5, 1864 Amelia Springs Virginia April 5, 1865 Antietam / Sharpsburg Maryland September 16-18, 1862 Appomattox Station Virginia April 8, 1865 Appomattox Court House Virginia April 9, 1865 Aquia Creek Virginia May 29-June 1, 1861 Arkansas Post / Fort Hindman Arkansas January 9-11, 1863 Atlanta Georgia July 22, 1864 Athens Alabama January 26, 1864 Averasborough / Smiths Ferry / Black River North Carolina March 16, 1865 Auburn / Catlett's Station / St. Stephen's Church Virginia October 13, 1863 Auburn / Coffee Hill Virginia October 14, 1863
This interesting, unusual, and scarce publication was printed for the New York World's Fair, 1939, as part of the French pavilion. It is only seven pages long, but its a useful seven pages, and very seldom seen.