Chemistry & Physics

Lindemann, F. A. | The Physical Significance of the Quantum Theory

  • First edition, first impression. With the uncommon dust jacket.

    Frederick Lindemann, First Viscount Cherwell (1886-1957) was a versatile Oxford physicist and a close friend and key advisor to Winston Churchill. This volume was his attempt to prove the thesis “that the quantum difficulties are the expression of the fact that space and time are inadequate indefinables in which to describe reality”. Though Lindemann was a top-notch experimentalist, and an able administrator who revived the flagging Clarendon Laboratories, his “relative weakness was in mathematics, and this was reflected in the limitations of his Physical Significance of the Quantum Theory” (ODNB).

  • Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1932.

    Octavo. Original dark blue cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Blackwell’s ticket to the front pastedown. Spine a little rolled, spotting to edges of text block. An excellent copy in the jacket that is rubbed, lightly spotted, and dulled, with a crease and two closed tears to the lower panel.