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Finding classic papers.

  1. May 16, 2006 #1

    Tom Mattson

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    Hello,

    I am looking for some assistance finding classic papers in physics. Specifically I am trying to track down Lorentz' paper of 1899 in which he first published the Lorentz transformations, and I am also trying to find Schrodinger's original papers in QM. I have An undulatory theory of the mechanics of atoms and molecules, and I'm looking for the other 3. If they aren't on the web anywhere, then I would like to know if they are in books of collected papers that I can order.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. May 16, 2006 #2

    Kurdt

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  4. May 16, 2006 #3

    Tom Mattson

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    Thanks. I have that paper in the Dover book called "The Principle of Relativity". But it's always nice to have an electronic copy for those occaisions when you are discussing the paper with someone who doesn't have it.
     
  5. May 16, 2006 #4

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    Classic physics papers reference here

    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SpeedOfLight/c.html

    Specifically several by Hendrick Lorentz, including -
    [26] H. A. Lorentz, "Théorie simplifiée des phenomènes electriques et optiques dans des corps en mouvement", Proc. Roy. Acad. Amsterdam I 427 (1899) in French.

    From FAQ's in Physics
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    Jackpot!!! Eureka!!!

    Lorentz, H.A., Simplified Theory of Electrical and Optical Phenomena in Moving Systems, in: KNAW, Proceedings, 1, 1898-1899, Amsterdam, 1899, pp. 427-442
    http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/digital_l...ch/detail.cfm?pubid=209&view=image&startrow=1

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    This place is a gold mine!
    http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/digital_library/output/proceedings/proc_browse.cfm?procid=150

    http://www.knaw.nl/cfdata/digital_library/output/proceedings/index.cfm
     
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  6. May 16, 2006 #5

    Curious3141

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    Just curious how copyright affects these old papers.
     
  7. May 16, 2006 #6

    Astronuc

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    In the case of these papers, it is Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), who would own the copyright, and they are publishing the papers in the public domain.

    One would have to find the copyright law then to determine the duration. I would expect EU copyright law covers current papers.
     
  8. May 17, 2006 #7
    I suggest contacting the library of congress if all else fails.
     
  9. May 17, 2006 #8

    Tom Mattson

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    When the holder of the copyright publishes the papers to the web, then there's no problem. Anywho, thanks Astronuc for tracking down that paper for me.

    There was a link that ZapperZ posted a while back regarding (I think) the centennial of The Physical Review. They posted to the web something like the 100 most important papers in the history of the Journal. Does anyone know about that?
     
  10. May 17, 2006 #9

    ZapperZ

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    Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, that site is no longer in operation.

    Should have sucked in those papers while they were available. :)

    Zz.
     
  11. May 19, 2006 #10

    Curious3141

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    Thanks for the info.
     
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