Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1937. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS of Bethe's seminal paper work on neucleosynthesis, "Energy Production in Stars." Bethe's work on nuclear reactions relied heavily on the development of quantum mechanics, and resulted in the occurance of some classically forbidden reactions; and this same work led him to discover the reactions that supply the energy in stars. Realizing that a far more rapid increase "was needed to explain the vastily larger energy production in hotter stars," Bethe discovered "the CNO cycle and computed its properties, [telling himself that] to obtain a steeper energy dependence he had to find a reaction involving a higher potential barrier, i.e., a nucleus with a higher charge" (Brandt, Harvest of the Century, 261-262). Proceeding systematically through the Periodic Table, Bethe finally got to carbon. As he wrote "in the case of carbon the reaction works out beautifully" (ibid). Bethe's Nobel Prize represents the first time an astrophysical subject was recognized by the Nobel Committee. Item #382
CONDITION & DETAILS: Lancaster: American Physical Society 55, Number 1, January 1, 1939. Quarto (10.5 x 8 inches; 267 x 203mm). Entire issue. Original wraps with very slight chipping at the spine. Near fine condition. Small closed tear at the foot of the last 10 pages and rear wrap (.25 inch); minor scuffing to the rear wrap. Very good condition.