14 June 2006
BROGLIE, Louis Victor, Prince de (1892-1987). Thèses présentées la Faculté des Sciences de l'Université de Paris pour obtenir le grade de docteur ès sciences physiques... 1re Thèse. Recherches sur la thorie des quanta. Paris: Masson, 1924.
8o (228 x 144 mm). Original printed wrappers, unopened (front wrapper splitting along joint, a few very minor nicks along edges). Provenance: M. le général Ferrié (presentation inscription on the title-page).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, of de Broglie's doctoral thesis, which established a new era in physics and earned him the Nobel Prize in physics for 1929. De Broglie proposed that matter may share the properties of both particles and waves, "analogous to the dual behavior of light demonstrated by Einstein and others in the first two decades of the century" (Norman). According to de Broglie's hypothesis, particles such as electrons should exhibit the traits of matter, which can be localized in space, under certain cirumstances, and of waves, which are a periodical phenomenon with extension in space and a measurable wavelength, under others. This copy is inscribed by de Broglie on the title-page: "A M. le général Ferrié respectueux hommage Louis de Broglie." Gustave-Auguste Ferrié, French scientist and general, contributed to the development of radio communication in France, leading experiments in wireless telegrahy and radio transmissions. During World War I, he developed mobile transmitters to enable military units to stay in radio contact with Paris. Norman 347.
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