4 October 2002
BROGLIE, Louis Victor, Prince de. L'univers a cinq dimensions et la mécanique ondulatoire. Offprint from: Le Journal de Physique et le Radium, Série VI, T. VIII, No. 2. Paris: Société Générale d'Imprimerie, 1927.
8o. Original printed wrappers (chipped at head of spine and in upper right corner of front wrapper, affecting a few letters of inscription). Provenance: Emile Borel (1871-1956), French mathematician (presentation inscription from the author; ink stamps on front wrapper and title).
FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. A VERY FINE PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY BROGLIE TO EMILE BOREL on the front wrapper: "Avec le respectueux hommage de l'auteur." In this paper, Broglie demonstrated how mechanics (including wave mechanics) could be simplified by adopting a five-dimensional universe such as that proposed by Kaluza and Kramers. Broglie's paper was published the same year that Davisson, Germer, Thomson and Reid verified experimentally Broglie's concept of matter waves, which led to Broglie's award of the Nobel Prize in 1929. This copy was presented to the eminent French mathematician Emile Borel, whose "innovations are essential to twentieth-century analysis and probability" (DSB).
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