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Classic papers

  1. Nov 12, 2006 #1
    Where can all the classic papers by the experimentalists that layed the foundation for nuclear physics be found?:confused:

    Rutherford, joliot-curie, fermi, lawrence, Hahn ect.
    Im very interested in reading exactly how they setup there experiments, the conclusions they drew and so on.
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  3. Nov 12, 2006 #2


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    there is a russian site having translations (to english) of the earlier papers. You can find Dirac papers in the Royal Society journals, free until december, and surely a bunch of references to experimentalists there. You can find old french and european journals for free in Gallica.

    I do not remember the links. You could try the "online" tag in physcomments.org
  4. Nov 12, 2006 #3

    Thanks :) Il try there
  5. Nov 12, 2006 #4

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    Still the best work to study the Dirac equation are the papers in
    which Dirac introduced it:

    The Quantum Theory of the Electron.
    vol 117, 1 February 1928, pp.610-24
    The Quantum Theory of the Electron II
    vol 118, 1 March 1928, pp. 351-61

    Dirac's start in quantum mechanics is where he, after reading
    Heisenberg's paper on Matrix mechanics, introduces the Poisson
    brackets from classical dynamics into quantum mechanics:

    The fundamental equations of quantum mechanics.
    vol 109, 1 December 1925, pp. 642-53

    Hard to read without Heisenberg's work though. One might use:
    The physical interpretation of the quantum theory:
    for this, see the appendix (which is half the book)

    Other famous Dirac papers where published elsewhere:
    The lagrangian in Quantum Mechanics:
    Physikalische Zeitschrift der Sowjetunion, vol 3, n0.1, pp 64-72
    The theory of magnetic poles:
    The Physical Review, vol 74, no.7, 1 October 1948, pp. 817-30

    Regards, Hans
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  6. Nov 12, 2006 #5


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    Classic Papers:

    Search here by author for European classics (I've seen papers by Lorentz, Curie, Arrhenius, van der Waals, de Haas, Onnes, Zeeman)
    (thanks to Astronuc for that reference)

    For another 18 days, the Royal Society's digital archive is FREE!

    Interviews and citations for PRL's Top Ten

    Physical Review gave free access to a collection of classics during their centennial, a couple years ago (Zz linked it in a thread here). I think that access has since been closed down.
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