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Nature volume 140, pages 443444 (11 September 1937) | Download Citation



THE annual output of papers in physics, including certain branches of electrical science, is at least six thousand. Few if any libraries contain all the original journals, and the time taken up by research, teaching and administration leaves far too little for the physicist to deal unaided with the bulk and diversity of published papers. Monthly classified abstracts are given in Science Abstracts and in Physikalischen Berichte. The subscriber to these journals receives each month about 480 fragments of physics in the making, from which he selects the few relevant to his own work and uses them as a guide to the original papers. Some kind of co-ordination of the results of the remainder of papers is needed by all who wish to keep pace with current physics.

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