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Electrical resistance. Collection of offprints. Inscribed by Zeeman


Publication Date: 1886
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Zeeman's Copy, Presented to him by the Author's Son Strutt, John William (1842-1919), third Baron Rayleigh. Electrical measurements. 4to. Variously paginated. Plate. Terling Place, Witham, Essex: [for the author], 1886. 292 x 228 mm. Original cloth, worn at spine and corners, spine faded. Light browning, occasional soiling, but very good. Pieter Zeeman's copy, with his signed inscription on the half-title ("Geschenk van Lord Rayleigh aan Prof. P. Zeeman Maart 1925") and the remains of his book-label on the front cover. First Collected Edition of 23 papers written between 1881 and 1885 in connection with Strutt's research program involving the redetermination of the ohm, ampere and volt. "Work of this sort had already been started by Maxwell for the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Rayleigh's continuation and development demanded the construction of more precise equipment than Maxwell's, as well as meticulous care and patience in its use. When the investigation was completed in 1884, the results stood the test of time remarkably well" (DSB). The present collection, issued by the author, consists both of original offprints from the Phil. Trans. and of revised reprints, which accounts for the irregular pagination. The work is rare, with only four copies in North American libraries (U. Kansas, Harvard, Hanscom AFB and U. Chicago) cited in OCLC and NUC. . This copy was presented by Strutt's son Robert (fourth Baron Rayleigh) to Nobel Laureate Pieter Zeeman (1865-1943), discoverer of the Zeeman effect; Zeeman spent a good deal of time in England, and no doubt received the gift during one of his visits there. This copy thus has a double Nobel association, since Strutt received the 1904 Nobel Prize in physics for his investigations of the density of gases, which led to his discovery (with W. Ramsay) of argon. Bookseller Inventory # 34652

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Publication Date: 1886

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