HESS, VICTOR FRANZ. 1883-1964. Autograph Manuscript in English, headed "B.E. & Temp Effect" (Barometric Effect and Temperature Effect),
Lot 85
HESS, VICTOR FRANZ. 1883-1964.
Autograph Manuscript in English, headed "B.E. & Temp Effect" (Barometric Effect and Temperature Effect),
US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,400 - 3,900

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HESS, VICTOR FRANZ. 1883-1964.
Autograph Manuscript in English, headed "B.E. & Temp Effect" (Barometric Effect and Temperature Effect), 3 1/2 pp recto and verso, 8vo (conjoined leaves), n.p., after May 1, 1939, about fine.
Provenance: Harvey Plotnick (his sale, Christie's New York, October 4, 2002, lot 134).

RARE VICTOR HESS MANUSCRIPT, ON COSMIC RAYS. Hess provides detailed commentary on an article central to his own research, being "Influences on Shower and Vertical Intensity of Cosmic Rays" by J. Barnóthy and M. Forró (Physical Review 55, p 868ff). It was for his discovery of cosmic rays that Hess won the 1936 Nobel Prize in physics (shared with Carl Anderson). Hess made his discovery in 1912, collecting ionization data at heights of up to 5,350 meters in a series of daring balloon ascents. "Hess's discovery of what Millikan had named cosmic rays was important not only for what information they might give concerning astrophysical processes and the theory of the Universe, but also important as an especially concentrated form of energy. In cosmic-ray research, Anderson discovered the positron and Powell discovered the pi-meson" (Weber Pioneers of Science p 105). The present is one of only two Victor Hess scientific manuscripts we trace in the auction records (the other last appearing in 1987).

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