Leipzig: Barth, 1904. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF AN IMPORTANT PAPER IN WHICH EINSTEIN DEMONSTRATES THE PIVOTAL ROLE OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS IN HIS EARLY WORK. In this paper, Einstein generalized and extended the foundations of statistical physics. Pais notes that with this work, Einstein had "taken a bold new step... he had applied statistical reasonings to radiation" (Pais, Subtle is the Lord, 70). In 1905, during annus mirabilis, he would do so again.Specifically, this paper is part of "the statistical framework he established between 1902 and 1904 [that would provide] the backbone for his papers on the light quantum and on Brownian motion of 1905. It pointed to the crucial role of fluctuations in discerning the non-classical character of heat radiation, and revealed atomic dimensions in his analysis of Brownian motion" (Annalen der Physik website). This is the only paper wrote in 1904 and the first in which he mentioned Plank. Item #377
CONDITION & DETAILS: Halle1904. 8vo. (9 x 6 inches; 225 x 150mm). Full volume. Ex-libris bearing only a 'withdrawn' stamp on the title page and no other markings. Very handsomely rebound in three-quarter black calf over marbled paper boards. Tight, solid, and very clean. The interior, too, is clean and bright. Very good to near fine condition.