Leipzig. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF EINSTEIN’S 1st PAPER with 2nd EDITION OF PLANCK’S SEMINAL DOCUMENT, THE INVENTION OF THE QUANTUM THEORY.
EINSTEIN: “Conclusions Drawn from the Phenomena of Capillarity,” Einstein’s first publication, is dated December 13, 1900, but was not published until the following March. “Using both thermodynamic and molecular-theoretical methods, he examined the nature of intermolecular forces in the specific phenomena of capillarity in neutral liquids” (Calaprice, Einstein Almanac, 1). Einstein himself called the paper “worthless beginner’s work.”
PLANCK: Planck made many notable contributions to theoretical physics, but his eminence rests on the work he began to put forth in this paper – “the originator of the quantum theory. This theory revolutionized our understanding of atomic and subatomic processes, just as Albert Einstein's theory of relativity revolutionized our understanding of space and time. Together they constitute the fundamental theories of 20th-century physics. Both have forced man to revise some of his most cherished philosophical beliefs, and both have led to industrial and military applications that affect every aspect of modern life” (Roger H. Stuewer, Britannica). Planck won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics for his founding of the quantum theory, the beginning of modern physics. Item #1631
CONDITION & DETAILS: Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1801. Octavo (8 x 5 inches; 200 x 125mm). Full volume. Not former library book. In text illustrations throughout. Bound in burgundy cloth, gilt-lettered at the spine. Some rubbing and scuffing at the edge and spine. Tightly and very solidly bound. Very good condition. Bears the ownership stamp of Gustav A. Hemsalech, a late 19th c. scientist. Among his papers was “The Constitution of the Electric Spark,” published in the Philosophical Magazine in 1899.