# Electricity, Magnetism, & Light

London: Royal Society, 1877. 1877. FIRST EDITION OF “THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION THAT ELECTRICITY COULD BE PRODUCED FROM LIGHT WITHOUT MOVING PARTS AND LED TO THE MODERN SOLAR CELL” (Wikipedia). William Grylls Adams and Richard Evans Day write of their discovery of a completely new phenomenon – “that light had caused... More

New Haven: G. P. Putnam & Co. 1854. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF A SEMINAL PAPER by David Alter announcing the invention of spectral analysis, the revolutionary idea that every element has its own emission spectrum. A critical development in spectroscopy, Alter studied atomic spectra, the light given off by... More

1883. 1st Edition. Second, deluxe edition of “Ampère’s greatest work,” Theorie Mathematique… or Memoir on the Mathematical Theory of Electrodynamic Phenomena, Uniquely Deduced from Experience (DSB). Widely referred to as “the Principia of Electrodynamics,” with this work Ampère founded the science of electrodynamics, now known as electromagnetism. “Volta’s invention of... More

London: Taylor & Francis, 1919. 1st Edition. HANDSOMELY BOUND FIRST EDITION OF FRANCIS ASTON’S INVENTION OF THE MASS SPECTOGRAPH, AN INSTRUMENT USED OBTAIN & RECORD THE SPECTRAL CONTENT OF LIGHT. Aston was awarded the 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “"for his discovery, by means if his mass spectrograph, of isotopes... More

Becquerel, Henri; Zeeman, P.; Cartan, Élie [Elie]

Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1897. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF 3 PAPERS BY BECQUEREL ON THE NEWLY DISCOVERED RADIOACTIVITY, A PAPER BY ZEEMAN OFFERING THE FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE ELECTRON, AND A PAPER BY THE INFLUENTIAL MATHEMATICIAN, ELIE CARTAN.In 1897, Becquerel’s research led him to the newly discovered X-rays and to how... More

London: Macmillan, 1934. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS of the first calculation of what is now called the 'neutrino cross section;' more specifically, Bethe and Peierl's paper presents the first calculation of a measure of the probability of a collision. Together, they used general principles to relate the... More

FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PLASMA GUN AS WELL AS THE FIRST DEMONSTRATION OF THE EXISTENCE OF PLASMOIDS, coherent structures of plasma and magnetic fields that Bostick argues are force-free, charge-carrying ‘strings’ (Bostick, 1956). The front page of the New York Times heralded Bostick’s discovery... More

Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1874. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, BOUND FULL VOLUME, OF THE FIRST WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF A SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE, A DIODE RECTIFIER; Braun’s discovery of the semiconductor point-conduct rectifier effect. In this 1874 paper, “Braun observed that an electric current flows freely in only one direction at the... More

1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRESENTATION of 'Brewster's Angle, "one of Brewster's most important contributions to the science of physics" (Molecular Expressions Website). David Brewster's work on polarization of light by reflection and biaxial crystals "is important for several reasons" (Young, Optics and Lasers, 241)."First, many lasers use Brewster windows... More

Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1954. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF A PIONEERING PAPER IN MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING. Carr and Purcell “showed that a simple modification of Hahn’s spin-echo method reduces drastically the effect of diffusion” in magnetic resonance, thus increasing its reliability (Aligizaki, 213). Otto Hahn recognized... More

Chadwick, J. (James) and Bieler, E. S. WITHBOUND Chadwick, J. and Rutherford, Ernest

1921. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OF ONE OF "THE GREAT MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF QUANTUM PHYSICS" and, according to Pais, "the first published statement about the existence of a strong nuclear force" (Nobel Prize Biography; Pais). In this paper, Chadwick and Bieler glimpse 'the strong force' and their work... More

London: Macmillan, 1932. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of James Chadwick’s announcement of a revolutionary discovery that literally rewrote existent beliefs in nuclear science: he proved that neutrons – elementary particles devoid of any electrical charge – existed. “The discovery of the neutron made by Chadwick led to a much deeper... More

Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1922. 1st Edition. SCARCE CONTEMPORARY JOURNAL REPRINT "A Photo-electric Theory of Color Vision" is Clark's challenge to the other theories holding sway at that time; among them, that of Young-Helmholz, the Hering and Ladd-Franklin theory, Leboucq's, Joly's, and Cajal's. CONDITION & DETAILS: Baltimore: John Hopkins University. Bound... More

London: Royal Society, 1823. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION EXTRACT of one in a series of papers on electromagnetism published by the British chemist Humphry Davy between 1821 and 1826. Davy’s experiments were based on Oersted's discovery of the relationship between electricity and magnetism in 1820, as well as Wollaston and... More

Lancaster: The American Physical Society, 1967. 1st Edition. TWO ISSUE FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPS of all three parts of Bryce DeWitt’s paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of the Wheeler-DeWitt equation. Quantum gravity attempts to unify quantum mechanics (which describes the behavior of electromagnetism, the weak interaction and... More

Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1967. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of Bryce DeWitt’s first paper on quantum gravity, including the introduction of both the Wheeler-DeWitt equation and canonical quantum gravity. Quantum gravity attempts to unify quantum mechanics (which describes the behavior of electromagnetism, the weak interaction and the strong interaction) with... More

Lancaster: American Physical Society, 1959. 1st Edition. First edition in original paper wraps. In this paper, Dirac began to apply his methods to the gravitational field. “As a result of simplifications which he introduced [here], it became easy to show that the fourth dynamical constraint is consistent with the others... More

London: Harrison & Sons, 1927. 1st Edition. 1927 omputation of the coefficient of spontaneous emission of an atom (Wikipedia). He "supplied a systematic procedure for transferring the characteristic quantum phenomenon of discreteness of physical quantities from the quantum mechanical treatment of particles to a corresponding treatment of field. Employing the... More

Berlin: Sitzungsberichten der Preussischen Akademie der Wiss. 1922. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION OFFPRINT IN ORIGINAL WRAPS, EINSTEIN’S THEORY OF THE LIGHT PROPAGATION IN DISPERSIVE MEDIA. WEIL 120. Collectors prize offprints because they are separately printed by journals and frequently issued in small quantities intended only for the author’s use and... More

Leipzig: Barth, 1906. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of two important 1906 Einstein papers. Einstein wrote two papers on the photoelectric effect, his revolutionary 1905 paper and "Zur Theorie der Lichterzeugung und Lichtabsorption," his continuation of it. In them, Einstein employed Planck's theory that luminous energy can be absorbed... More

FIRST EDITION OF TWO IMPORTANT PAPERS BY MICHAEL FARADAY, EACH PUBLISHED AS PART OF HIS LANDMARK TWENTY-NINE PAPER “EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCHES IN ELECTRICITY” SERIES. The papers discuss magneto-crystallic force and the abnormal behavior of various crystals in a magnetic field. Faraday “hoped that when ‘properly understood’ the various phenomena examined in... More

1844. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of "the first account of Faraday's fundamental ideas on matter and, in particular, on the nature of the space between its constituent particles" Science in the Making, 1798-1850, p. 214). Here Faraday develops the hypothesis that atoms are not matter having a finite dimension, but... More

New York: Interscience Publishers, 1956. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of a little known publication containing an important statement by Richard Feynman which for the first time raised the question of “the possibility of a parity violating weak force” (Lesov, The Weak Force: From Fermi to Feynman). It was a radical... More

Lancaster: American Physical Society. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION of Feynman's literal "reformation of quantum mechanics itself;" claiming "that he could not understand standard quantum theory and had to recreate it on his own, Feynman's famous diagrams, introduced and developed here for the first time, "elegantly rewrite quantum theory" (American National... More

Lancaster: American Physical Society. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITIONS IN ORIGINAL WRAPS OF THREE SEMINAL PAPERS BY FEYNMAN, TOGETHER TRACING THE AUTHOR’S NOBEL PRIZE WINNING “REFORMATION OF QUANTUM MECHANICS ITSELF” (American National Biography). The papers map the development of Feynman’s path-integral formulation of quantum mechanics and present the Feynman diagram approach... More