NUCLEAR PHYSICS. ROCHESTER CONFERENCES. High Energy Nuclear Physics: Proceedings ... [First – Seventh Conferences]. New York: University of Rochester, 1950-57.

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NUCLEAR PHYSICS.
ROCHESTER CONFERENCES.
High Energy Nuclear Physics: Proceedings ... [First – Seventh Conferences]. New York: University of Rochester, 1950-57.

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NUCLEAR PHYSICS.
ROCHESTER CONFERENCES. High Energy Nuclear Physics: Proceedings ... [First – Seventh Conferences]. New York: University of Rochester, 1950-57.
7 volumes. 4to (291 x 229 mm). Vol I: mimeographed typescript draft with ms corrections, in 3-ring binder, with ms note to Abraham Pais (1918-2000) from Robert Marshak, founder of the Rochester Conferences. Vols II-IV: dittoed typescript drafts in soft-cover ring binders, with occasional ms notes by Pais (two on laid-in sheets). Vols V-VI: published versions, in original printed wrappers, with Pais's ownership signature to front wrappers and his notes on 2 laid-in sheets. Vol VII: mimeograph typescript draft (so identified on the title) in soft-cover ring binder.
Provenance: From the library of theoretical physicist Abraham Pais (1918-2000); Jeremy Norman.

FIRST AND PRE-PRINT EDITIONS OF THE PROCEEDINGS FOR THE "PREMIER OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PHYSICISTS OF THE WORLD TO EXCHANGE IDEAS" (American astrophysicist John Wheeler quoted in Marshak, p 96). Founded by physicist Robert Marshak in 1950, the Rochester Conferences represented the first international conferences of their kind to originate in the United States. Their purpose was to keep participants abreast of developments in the burgeoning field of particle physics, in particular the results of experimental work done on a growing number of high-energy particle accelerators. The first conference, held on December 16, 1950, was attended by about 50 people, including Pais, Richard Feynman, Robert Oppenheimer and Hans Bethe, with the conferences growing steadily in size over the years, and by the third, being large enough to garner government funding and attract a truly international audience.
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