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Antonius van den Broek

Published by Macmillan & Co., London (1911)

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About this Item: Macmillan & Co., London, 1911. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. In Nature: A Weekly Magazine of Science, volume 87 (1911), p. 78. First announcement of van den Broek¿s contention that the nuclear charge of the elements is determined by atomic weight, and not atomic number. X-libris, with the stamp of Stoke Newington Public Library on title page. No other marking. In publisher's original black cloth with gilt on spine. Very good condition. Offered in entire volume 87 (1911), continuously paginated 576 pp. In very good condition. Seller Inventory # 000101

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van den Broek, Antonius

Published by Macmillan and Co, London (1911)

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About this Item: Macmillan and Co, London, 1911. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Van Den Broek's initial proposal that elements are defined by the number of charges in the nucleus and the periodic table should be sequenced by atomic charge rather than atomic weight. xxxii, 576, [xi]-clxxii pp. 4to. Terracotta color publisher's binding with gold embossed titling to spine. Small tears at head an foot of spine along hinge. Ex-Library with Library of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers bookplate on front pastedown, small round library stamp on first free endpaper, library stamp at title page, call number recto, occasional library stamp within. First free endpaper has tear running along gutter from to down to midpoint in page. Clean within. Seller Inventory # 27103

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van den Broek, Antonius; Soddy, Frederick; Rutherford, Ernest

Published by Macmillan and Co, London (1913)

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About this Item: Macmillan and Co, London, 1913. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. In the first paper van den Broek proposes the concept of "atomic number." to explain how the periodic table should be organized. In the second paper Soddy agrees with van den Broek and coins the term "Isotope." In the third paper Rutherford agrees with van den Broek and Soddy. Also contains three papers discussing the application of Niels Bohr's atomic theory to the hydrogen atom: "The spectra of helium and hydrogen" by E. J. Evans (Nature 92 pp. 5-6, 1913); "The spectra of helium and hydrogen" by Alfred Fowler (Nature 92 pp. 95-96, 1913); "The spectra of helium and hydrogen" by Niels Bohr (Nature 92 pp. 231-232, 1913). xl, 732 pp. 4to. Terracotta color publisher's binding with gold and black embossed titling and borders to cover board and spine. Ex-Library with Royal College Naval Library bookplate on front pastedown, borrower's card slot glued to front pastedown, due date sheet pasted to first free endpaper. No other library markings present other than the number "53" in white ink at base of spine. Clean within. Seller Inventory # 27173

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About this Item: Macmillan, London. First edition of a 1911 letter to Nature in which Antonius van den Broek proposed what is perhaps the most important single innovation within the periodic table: that elements are defined by the number of charges in the nucleus, and that the periodic table should be sequenced by atomic charge rather than atomic weight. Van den Broek's idea was an enormous breakthrough. Prior to this time, all periodic tables were sequenced either by equivalent weight or atomic weight, neither of which was satisfactory, as a number of elements appeared to be out of order based on their chemical properties. However, van den Broek's letter had little impact - he had offered a brilliant idea, but he had no standing in the scientific community and too little evidence for his proposal. In the 1913 second letter to Nature offered here, van den Broek was able to quote evidence for his proposal based on experiments conducted by Rutherford, Geiger, and Marsden. This letter had the intended impact. One week later in a paper also contained in this 1913 volume, Frederick Soddy agrees with van den Broek and "points out that the van den Broek hypothesis leads to the generalizations on radioactive decay that he and Fajans had proposed earlier in the year" (Greenberg, A Chemistry History Tour, 262). Van den Broek had forever changed the organization of the periodic table. The 1913 paper in which Soddy responded to van den Broek is also important because it is the first time the word "Isotope" appeared in print. Also in this volume, a rather indignant Ernest Rutherford responded to Soddy's charge regarding "Rutherford's tentative theory" that the nucleus has only positive charge. As he elaborated, Rutherford "came tantalizingly close to postulating the proton" (Nature). CONDITION & DETAILS: London: Macmillan. Complete. 4to (Quarto). 10.5 x 7.5 inches (262 x 187mm). [xl], 732, [2]. Ex-libris with the usual markings. In text illustrations throughout. Bound in half calf over marbled paper boards. Five raised bands at the spine; gilt-lettering. Very tightly bound; minor scuffing at the edges and spine. Marbled endpapers. Bright and clean throughout. Seller Inventory # 202

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