Vorlesung Ueber Theoretische Optik. Winter-Semester 1921/1922.and Theorie der Wärme Vorlesung im Sommer-Semester 1922

Göttingen 1921-1922 University of Göttingen, 1921-1922. 2 Volumes. Folio (32.6 x 19.6 cm). Contemporary half cloth and marble boards. Collation: 1st volume & [4] 230 leaves. ; 2nd volume & [5] 252 leaves. Each volume has some wear on the spine and boards. Signature of Andries Charles Cillers on front paste down of each volume. Internal condition is very good with mimeograph printing only on the recto of each leaf. Only last leave has several repairs to tears along fore edge. The mimeograph pages contain the lectures in physics by Born that have been filled in with ink annotations and occasional diagrams, figures, and graphs, some in pencil. The annotations on the mimeograph page were by Cilliers who was a student of Born and who later became professor of theoretical physics at Stellenbosch University. Very Good Contemporary half cloth and marble boards (Item ID: 0000643)


These notes comprise the lectures that Born delivered in the winter of 1921, and spring and summer of 1922 semesters of his first year as Professor of Physics at Göttingen. They provide a critical introduction to Born's thinking and developmental ideas for thermodynamics, ideal gas theory according to Planck, as well as the area of optics that included electromagnetism, wave theory, filed theory, electron theory, refraction, and optical properties of crystals. Born would go on to provide a mathematical statement of the first law of thermodynamics with his precise definition of quantity of heat. He also helped to develop the field of quantum mechanics, which forms the basis for modern atomic and nuclear physics. He published over 300 articles and was a guest professor at a number of prestigious universities. Born shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954 with Walther Bothe for his fundamental research in quantum mechanics, especially for his statistical interpretation of wave theory. These early lectures offer an excellent view into the birth of quantum mechanics and development of other major advancements that Born made during his long career.

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