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Recent Physical Research

Nature volume 92, page 422 (11 December 1913) | Download Citation



A PUBLICATION dealing with some of the most important recent developments of physics is sure to be of use if written with sufficient knowledge and a pleasing style. This book has both those advantages. The subjects include positive rays (with Thomson's new method of chemical analysis), the magnetic work of Curie, Weiss, and Heusler, new theories of the aurora (Stormer and Birkeland), Brownian movements (Einstein and Perrin), the pressure of light, the narrowing gap between the longest heat-waves and the shortest electromagnetic waves (Rubens, Lebedef), and the application of the electron theory to metallic conduction. The b1ocks are particularly good. One could wish for rather fuller references, and for a fuller treatment of the modern radiation problem (on p. 106 Planck's and Wien's formulae are presented without directing attention to the importance of the “action constant”). But in view of the limited space at the author's disposal, a large amount of new information is attractively displayed.

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