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23 April 2008
KAMERLINGH ONNES, Heike (1853-1926). Communications from the Physical Laboratory of the University of Leiden, nos.122 & 124, Leiden: E. Ijdo, 1911, 2 volumes, 8° (243 x 159mm). 2 folding plates. Original wrappers (some tears). While examining the electric resistance of mercury at extremely low temperatures, Kammerlingh Onnes found that at 4.12 K resistance vanishes altogether, the metal having become 'superconducive'.
CURIE, Jacques (b.1855). Thèses présentées a la Faculté des Sciences de Paris ... Ire thèse - Recherches sur le pouvoir inducteur spécifique et sur la conductibilité des corps cristallisés. Paris: imprimerie de la lumière électrique, 1888. 4° (249 x 201mm). Diagrams in the text (a little browned throughout). Modern boards. The rare doctoral thesis of Pierre Curie's brother in which he announced, with Pierre's help, the discovery of piezoelectricity.
And J. Bardeen and W.H. Brattain's "The Transistor, a Semi-Conductor Triode" (in The Physical Review, n.p., 1948). (3)
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