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"It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man's blessings. Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors - concern for the great unsolved problems of organization of labor and the distribution of goods - in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."

Albert Einstein, address delivered at the California Institute of Technology, 1931

History of Science Books and Dissertations Collection, 1575-2002

Crosland, Maurice P. Historical studies in the language of chemistry. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1962.
Crombie, A. C. Augustine to Galileo : the history of science, A. D. 400-1650. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1953.
Annalen der Physik, Ser. IV, volume 18, pp. 639-641. 8vo. Leipzig, 1905.
Pflaum, Rosalynd. Grand obsession : Madame Curie and her world. New York: Doubleday, 1989.
Pauli, Wolfgang, et al., eds. Niels Bohr and the development of physics; essays dedicated to Niels Bohr on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. London, Pergamon Press, 1955.

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Located in the Douglas Strain Reading Room, this growing collection documents the development of science and technology within the past 150 years, with a particularly strong focus on quantum physics and chemistry. Highlights of the collection include Niels Bohr's doctoral thesis; the first edition of Marie Curie's Traite de Radioactivite; and the first and only edition of Avogadro's Hypothesis.


237 linear feet; 2,512 items