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Auction archive: Lot number 98

EINSTEIN, Albert. 'Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt' [drophead title], offprint from: Annalen der Physik , 4. Folge, Bd. 17, 1905. Leipzig: Metzger and Wittig for Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905.

Auction 08.06.2005
8 Jun 2005
Estimate
£3,500 - £5,000
ca. US$6,364 - US$9,092
Price realised:
£14,400
ca. US$26,186
Auction archive: Lot number 98

EINSTEIN, Albert. 'Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt' [drophead title], offprint from: Annalen der Physik , 4. Folge, Bd. 17, 1905. Leipzig: Metzger and Wittig for Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905.

Auction 08.06.2005
8 Jun 2005
Estimate
£3,500 - £5,000
ca. US$6,364 - US$9,092
Price realised:
£14,400
ca. US$26,186
Beschreibung:

EINSTEIN, Albert. 'Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt' [drophead title], offprint from: Annalen der Physik , 4. Folge, Bd. 17, 1905. Leipzig: Metzger and Wittig for Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905. 8° (222 x 141mm). (A few very light spots, lightly creased.) Original tan printed wrappers (lightly marked and chipped at extremities, splitting on spine), modern cloth box. Provenance : occasional pencilled notes on text and lower wrapper. FIRST EDITION, OFFPRINT ISSUE. WITH PRINTED PRESENTATION STATEMENT 'A. EINSTEIN. ÜBERREICHT VOM VERFASSER', printed on front wrapper. 'In his first paper of 1905, Einstein suggested that light be considered a collection of independent particles of energy, which he called "light quanta". Such a hypothesis, he argued, would provide an answer to the problem of black-body radiation where classical theories had failed, and would also explain several puzzling properties of fluorescence, photoionization and the photoelectric effect' (Norman). Indeed, as DSB states: 'Einstein once described his first paper of 1905 [...] as "very revolutionary" [...] The heuristic viewpoint of the title was nothing less than the suggestion that light be considered a collection of independent particles of energy, which he called light quanta' (IV, p. 315), a hypothesis that 'seemed to dismiss a century of evidence supporting the wave theory of light' ( loc . cit ). It was for this paper, together with another on the photoelectric effect ('Zur Theorie der Lichterzeugung und Lichtabsorption', published in 1906), that Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. The offprint issue of this paper with the printed presentation statement on the upper wrapper is much rarer than offprints of Einstein's later papers, when the importance of his work had been established and the demand for his offprints was consequentially far greater; only two copies of the offprint are recorded at auction by ABPC since 1975. For the journal issue: Boni, Russ and Laurence 7; Norman 689; Weil 6.

Auction archive: Lot number 98
Auction:
Datum:
8 Jun 2005
Auction house:
Christie's
London, King Street
Beschreibung:

EINSTEIN, Albert. 'Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt' [drophead title], offprint from: Annalen der Physik , 4. Folge, Bd. 17, 1905. Leipzig: Metzger and Wittig for Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905. 8° (222 x 141mm). (A few very light spots, lightly creased.) Original tan printed wrappers (lightly marked and chipped at extremities, splitting on spine), modern cloth box. Provenance : occasional pencilled notes on text and lower wrapper. FIRST EDITION, OFFPRINT ISSUE. WITH PRINTED PRESENTATION STATEMENT 'A. EINSTEIN. ÜBERREICHT VOM VERFASSER', printed on front wrapper. 'In his first paper of 1905, Einstein suggested that light be considered a collection of independent particles of energy, which he called "light quanta". Such a hypothesis, he argued, would provide an answer to the problem of black-body radiation where classical theories had failed, and would also explain several puzzling properties of fluorescence, photoionization and the photoelectric effect' (Norman). Indeed, as DSB states: 'Einstein once described his first paper of 1905 [...] as "very revolutionary" [...] The heuristic viewpoint of the title was nothing less than the suggestion that light be considered a collection of independent particles of energy, which he called light quanta' (IV, p. 315), a hypothesis that 'seemed to dismiss a century of evidence supporting the wave theory of light' ( loc . cit ). It was for this paper, together with another on the photoelectric effect ('Zur Theorie der Lichterzeugung und Lichtabsorption', published in 1906), that Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. The offprint issue of this paper with the printed presentation statement on the upper wrapper is much rarer than offprints of Einstein's later papers, when the importance of his work had been established and the demand for his offprints was consequentially far greater; only two copies of the offprint are recorded at auction by ABPC since 1975. For the journal issue: Boni, Russ and Laurence 7; Norman 689; Weil 6.

Auction archive: Lot number 98
Auction:
Datum:
8 Jun 2005
Auction house:
Christie's
London, King Street
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