AIP History Center Newsletter
Photos and Quotes included in the
Spring 2003 Issue of the CHP Newsletter

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From our brittle books collection:
Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner Louis de Broglie

The history of scientific thought... is the history of the manifestation of a new geological factor...

—V.I. Vernadsky

 

Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner Louis de Broglie  
Both scans are from our brittle books collection, from Schöpfer des neuen Weltbildes: grosse Physiker unserer Zeit. Hans Hartmann. Bonn: Athenaüm-Verlag, 1952, one of the brittle books being microfilmed for the Niels Bohr Library. Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

Because we live in an age that demands miracles and grand simplifications, I would have thought that the study of history deserved a fairly high place in anybody's curriculum... Against the vivid cries and promises of transcendence, we have little else with which to preserve and extend the work of civilization except the voices of experience.

—Lewis Lapham



If one were to get one's picture of science history solely from the published literature, it would be like watching a football match from high up in an airplane. One would observe masses of people moving to and fro, but would have no inkling of the struggle and sweat on the field—of what it is to be an athlete.

—Robert P. Crease

Pierre Curie Max Planck
Pierre Curie
Max Planck
Both scans are from our brittle books collection, from Schöpfer des neuen Weltbildes: grosse Physiker unserer Zeit. Hans Hartmann. Bonn: Athenaüm-Verlag, 1952, one of the brittle books being microfilmed for the Niels Bohr Library. Courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

If we act only for ourselves, to neglect the study of history is not prudent. If we are entrusted with the care of others, it is not just.

—Samuel Johnson

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