classic in the history of quantum mechanics
BOSE, SATYENDRA NATH and ALBERT EINSTEIN.. “Plancks Gesetz und Lichtquantenhypothese” in Zeitschrift fuer Physik, vol. 25-26
Braunschweig and Berlin, 1924
Complete vols. 25-26. Contemporary half calf. Near fine, without any library markings.
FIRST EDITION of this classic in the history of quantum mechanics, “Planck’s Law and Light Quantum Hypothesis” (pp. 178-181 in vol. 26).
Bose sent this paper to Einstein, who translated it into German for this initial publication with the comment “In my opinion Bose’s derivation of the Planck formula signifies an important advance.” In this paper he “succeeded in deriving the Planck blackbody radiation law without reference to classical electrodynamics. Einstein’s generalization of Bose’s method led to the first of two systems of quantum statistical mechanics, known as the Bose-Einstein statistics. Paul Dirac later coined the term ‘boson’ for particles that obey these statistics” (DSB).
“With their work Bose and Einstein established the field of quantum statistics one year before the appearance of quantum mechanics” (Brandt, The Harvest of a Century)
This volume also contains three papers by Werner Heisenberg.