4 October 2002
BOHR, Niels. On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules. Offprint from: Philosophical Magazine..., No 151, 153, 155. London: Taylor & Francis, 1913.
3 volumes, 8o. Contemporary wrappers, part III with printed title (spine of part II repaired); cloth folding case. Provenance: P. Zeeman (presentation inscription on front wrapper of part II).
FIRST EDITION, OFFPRINT ISSUE, PRESENTATION COPIES inscribed on front wrapper of part I: "Hochachtungsvoll vom Verfasser", part II: "Prof. Dr. P. Zeeman with the best compliments of the author" and part III with a stamped presentation: "From the author." Zeeman shared the 1902 Nobel Prize for physics with Lorentz for his discovery of the Zeeman effect, the splitting of spectral lines in the light from an atom which is placed in a strong magnetic field. These papers are extremely rare in offprint form, and a complete set of the offprints presented by Bohr to Pieter Zeeman is one of the greatest copies in existence.
Bohr's epochal three-part paper "postulated the existence of stationary states of an atomic system whose behavior could be described using classical mechanics, while the transition of the system from one stationary state to another would represent a non-classical process accompanied by emission or absorption of one quantum of homogeneous radiation, the frequency of which was related to its energy by Planck's equation. Bohr's atomic theory inaugurated two of the most adventurous decades in the history of physical science. In 1924 Bohr completed the final revisions of his 1913 theory with the conviction that classical modes of description of atomic processes had to be entirely relinquished. Bohr was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1922." Norman 258. (3)
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