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PHYS 362: Modern Physics + Physics Nobel Winners: 1900s

A Research Guide to assist students in their Nobel Laureate Project.

X-Rays

1901 — X-Rays

Wilhelm C. Röntgen
(also spelled Roentgen)

No Nobel Lecture given / Biography

About Röntgen:

Featured: Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa (p 177)

Featured: German Natural Scientists and Inventors over Four Centuries (p 45)

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 251)

Featured: Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors (p 171) 

Featured: Early Days of X-ray Crystallography

Article in Discover: Invisible Hands, Peeping Toms, and the First Physics Nobel Prize

Chapter: "On a New Kind of Rays" inside The Autobiography of Science (p 484)

Chapter: "Röntgen's Rays" inside Eurekas and Euphorias: The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes (p 14, GoogleBooks)

Book: Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen and the Early History of the Röntgen Rays (GoogleBooks)

Book: Wilhelm Roentgen and the Discovery of X Rays

Book: The Mystery of a New Kind of Rays

Electric Currents

1902 — Magnetism

Hendrik Lorentz

Nobel Lecture / Biography

Banquet Speech given in German

About Lorentz:

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 188)

Featured: Early Days of X-ray Crystallography

Chapter: "The Contraction Hypothesis" inside The Tests of Time: Readings in the Development of Physical Theory (p 286)

ebook: The Scientific Correspondence of HA Lorentz

Book: The Theory of Electrons and its Applications to the Phenomena of Light and Radiant Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 


Pieter Zeeman

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About Zeeman: 

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 347)

Featured: The Zeeman Effect inside The Nature of Science: An A-Z Guide to the Laws and Principles Governing Our Universe (GoogleBooks)

Book: Researches in Magneto-optics - With Special Reference to the Magnetic Resolution of Spectrum Lines (GoogleBooks)

Article: On the Influence of Magnetism on the Nature of the Light Emitted by a Substance

1903 — Radioactivity

A. Henri Becquerel

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About Becquerel: 

Chapter: "Becquerel Discovers Radioactivity" inside Modern Introductory Physics (ebook)

Chapter: "The Peculiar Behavior of Uranium" inside The Autobiography of Science (p 491)

Featured: A to Z of physicists (p 22)

Featured: Scientists, mathematicians, and inventors (p 16)

Featured: The Golden Age of Science (p 581)

Book: The Age of Radiance


Pierre Curie

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About Curie: 

Featured: Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa

Featured: Early Days of X-ray Crystallography

Book: The Age of Radiance


Marie Curie

Biography / Documentaries 

Bio from Institute of Physics

(no lecture this year -- but she gave one in 1911 for the Chemistry Nobel Prize)

About Curie: 

Featured: A to Z of physicists (p 67)

Featured: Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa (p 208)

Featured: On Giant's Shoulders: Great Scientists and their Discoveries (p 243)

Featured: Scientists, mathematicians, and inventors (p 52)

Chapter: "The Discovery of Radium" (first person) inside The Autobiography of Science (p 493)

Graphic Novel: Radioactive: Marie Curie, a tale of love and fallout

Book: Marie Curie: A Life / Madame Curie: A Biography

Book: Marie Curie and her Daughters

Book: Radium and the Secret of Life

Book: Scientific Pioneers: Women Succeeding in Science

Book:  The Age of Radiance

Article: The radioactive constants as of 1930

*Interesting Fact* Three members of the Curie family won Nobel Prizes.

Discovery of Argon

1904 — Acoustics/Optics

John W. S. Rayleigh
(Lord Rayleigh)

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About Rayleigh: 

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 243)

Featured: Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa (p 163)

Book: The Theory of Sound

Book: Life of John William Strutt, Third Baron Rayleigh

1905 — Photoelectricity

Philipp E. A. von Lenard

Nobel Lecture / Biography

About von Lenard:

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 185)

Featured: NYT Book of Physics & Astronomy (p 12)

Plum Pudding Model of an Atom

1906 — Particle Physics

Joseph J. Thomson

Nobel Lecture / Biography

Documentary

About Thomson: 

Featured: Remarkable Physicists: From Galileo to Yukawa (p 183)

Featured: A to Z of Physicists (p 298)

Article: "Cathode Rays" in Classical Scientific Papers (p 77)

Chapter: "The Discovery of the Electron" (first person) inside The Autobiography of Science (p 503)

Book: Conduction of Electricity Through Gases

Book: Elements of the Mathematical Theory of Electricity & Magnetism

1907 — Optics / Spectroscopy

Rainbow Prism

1908 — Mathematical Physics

Gabriel Lippmann

Nobel Lecture

Biography

Short biography inside Techniques and Principles in Three-Dimensional Imaging: An Introductory Approach (p 132, GoogleBooks)

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