History & Philosophy of Science

Lorentz, Hendrik A. & G. L. de Haas-Lorentz (ed.) | Impressions of His Life and Work

  • First edition, first printing. A very attractive copy in the uncommon glassine jacket.

    Hendrik Lorentz (1853-1928) was a theoretical physicist at the University of Leiden who made important contributions to our understanding electromagnetism and relativity, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902 for his explanation of the Zeeman effect. Lorentz laid much of the groundwork for Einstein’s theory of special relativity, and he was supportive of the younger scientist’s discovery, discussing it in a series of important papers and lectures. He was also one of the few physicists to support Einstein’s search for a theory of general relativity. This volume, published posthumously, contains contains eleven reminiscences of Lorentz by colleagues and family, including one by Einstein.

  • Amsterdam: North-Holland Publishing Company, 1957.

    Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt, facsimile signature to upper board gilt, top edge dyed yellow. With the original glassine jacket. Portrait frontispiece, five plates and an illustration within the text. Ownership ink stamp of Rudolph W. Preisendorfer with manuscript phone number on the front free endpaper. Minor bumps to corners, free endpapers partially toned. An excellent, fresh copy in the jacket that is a little rubbed and yellowed with a white spot on the lower panel.