On the origin of the abundance distribution of chemical elements. Corrected galley proofs.
Publisher Information: 1945.
Klein, Oskar (1894-1977); Göran Beskov (1910-2011); and Lars Treffenberg. On the origin of the abundance distribution of chemical elements. Corrected galley proofs, with a 16-line addition in Klein’s hand on the last page, of the paper published in Arkiv för Matematik, Astronomi o. Fysik 33 (1946). N.p., 1945. 7pp. 236 x 157 mm. Horizontally creased, light soiling and wear. Very good. Datestamp (29 Nov 1945) on the first page.
Pre-Publication Galley Proof, Extensively Corrected and Augmented in Klein’s Hand. “In 1946, with the Swedish physicists Göran Beskov and Lars Treffenberg, Klein published a work on the distribution of chemical elements. They intended to solve the basic problems connected with the so-called hypothesis of frozen equilibrium in accounting for the distribution of the chemical elements” (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). As Klein later wrote, he and his collaborators “developed an attempt to explain the relative abundance of the elements as the result of an early thermal equilibrium at very high temperature in a kind of primordial stars. The result looked promising but simultaneously difficulties appeared” (Klein, p. 142). Klein’s theory, although ingenious, is not widely accepted.
These galley proofs are date-stamped 29 November 1945, several weeks before the paper appeared in the Arkiv för Matematik, Astronomi o. Fysik. On the proofs’ first page Klein revised the author statement to give Beskow and Treffenberg equal billing. Klein, “Excerpts from some autobiographical notes,” Oskar Klein Memorial Lectures, vol. 2, pp. 141-148.Book Id: 50996