Publisher Information: Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1912.
The First Solvay Conference
Langevin, Paul (1872-1946) & Maurice de Broglie (1875-1960), editors. La théories du rayonnement et les quanta. Rapports et discussions. . . . 8vo. , 461 pp. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1912. 240 x 152 mm. Quarter morocco ca. 1912, light wear and rubbing, inner front hinge cracked. Light toning but very good. Signature on flyleaf dated 1917 of American chemist Earl Frederick Farnau. From the library of Russian-American physicist Boris Podolsky (1896-1966).
First Edition. The proceedings of the first international Solvay Conference on physics, devoted to radiation theory and the quanta. The purpose of the conference was twofold: “First, there was the need to examine whether classical theories (molecular-kinetic theory and electrodynamics) could, in some undiscovered ways, provide an explanation of the problem of black-body radiation and of the specific heat of polyatomic substances at low temperatures; secondly, to consider phenomena in which the theory of quanta could be successfully used” (Mehra, The Solvay Conferences on Physics, p. 14; see also pp. 13-72, containing summaries of all the papers delivered). Among the participants were Max Planck, who gave an exposition of the arguments that had led him to the discovery of the quantum of action; Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, who reported on the discovery of superconductivity of certain metals at extremely low temperatures; Arnold Sommerfeld, who discussed the production of x-rays by high speed electrons; and Albert Einstein, who summarized many aspects of the quantum concept, particularly in regard to his explanation of the anomalies of specific heats at low temperatures.
This copy bears the signature of Earl F. Farnau, Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati; it was later owned by Russian-American physicist Boris Podolsky (1896-1966), best known for his collaboration with Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen on the famous “EPR” (Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen) paper (“Can quantum-mechanical description of physical reality be considered complete?,” 1935) challenging the assumption that quantum mechanics could provide a complete description of physical reality. Podolsky joined the faculty of the University of Cincinnati in 1935.Book Id: 43738