4 October 2002
[PHYSICS]. ANNALEN DER PHYSIK (früher Annalen der Physik und Chemie). Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1900-1919.
61 volumes (including Register vol. 1894-1909), 8o. Numerous plates and illustrations (many folding, some photographic). Uniformly bound in original publisher's half black cloth (some slight wear to extremities). Provenance: G. Meyer (signature in many volumes).
A COMPLETE TWENTY-YEAR RUN OF THIS IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL WHICH INCLUDES NUMEROUS FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SOME OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN MODERN PHYSICS.
The significance of Annalen der Physik in the history of the developments of modern physics cannot be overestimated. Through it physicists of the past two centuries have communicated their discoveries and ideas throughout the scientific world. The dialogue of ideas, particularly among the German physicists, has undoubtedly played a significant role in the revolutionary advancements of the first part of the twentieth century, as epitomized by Einstein. The fourth volume alone not only contains Einstein's first published paper (1901), but is followed sixty pages later by Max Planck's inaugural paper on quantum theory.
Among the numerous Einstein contributions during his most productive years covered in this run (44 listed in Boni), are his four critical papers of 1905 (his "miraculous year"): his paper on light quanta (March), his explanation of Brownian motion (May), his domonstration that relativity must apply to all phenomena--later called the special theory of relativity (June), and his remarkable pronouncement of the consequence of his special theory of relativity: that if a body emits a certain amount of energy, then the mass of that body must decrease by a proportionate amount--or, e=mc2 (September). Also included are his transitional paper from the special to the general theory of relativity (1907; see also lot...); his preliminary announcement of the general theory of relativity (1913); and his fundamental statement of the general theory of relativity (1916).
Other volumes contain significant papers by Bohr, Planck, Boltzmann and others. (61)
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