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(1) Handbuch der Experimentalphysik (2) Handbuch der Physik

Nature volume 119, pages 189191 (05 February 1927) | Download Citation



THE progress of physics during the last few decades has been truly remarkable, and it is with a feeling akin to hopelessness that the present-day physicist vainly attempts to keep abreast of the times. As the science has developed, specialisation has become more and more necessary, and it is to this intensive specialisation that physics owes its present vastness. In such circumstances, the need for an up-to-date “Handbook of Physics“ for purposes of reference has become increasingly urgent, and it was to be expected that sooner or later such a work would be forthcoming. In English, the “Dictionary of Applied Physics”serves a useful purpose in enabling physicists to have easy access to recent developments in the divers branches of their subject, and in German, apart from several excellent handbooks on special branches, Winkelmann's “Handbuch” has done valuable service, though it is now somewhat outof-date.

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