Auction No. 100

Rare and special items

June 20, 2017
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Sold for $ 4,880
Including buyer's premium

Letter signed by Prof. Wolfgang Pauli sent to Prof. David Bohm, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, 1951.

Specifications: [1] leaf, letterhead. 29x21 cm. The letter was typewritten on both sides of the leaf and was signed by Prof. Pauli with supplements in his handwriting.

Content: The letter is a response to Prof. Bohm and relates to his theories in physics regarding wave mechanics, quantum potential energy, the significance of linear equations in regards to the Schrödinger function and more.

Background: Wolfgang Ernst Pauli (1900-1958) was an Austrian physicist who won the Nobel Prize. After earning his Doctorate from the Munich University, he started doing research at the University of Gottingen and the University of Cophenhagen. He also lectured at the University of Hamburg. In 1940, he moved to the United States and served as Professor of Theoretical Physics at Princeton University. In 1945, he received the Nobel Prize for the "exclusion principle" also known by his name, the "Pauli Principle." Though he did not publish many studies, and though many of his conclusions were never published, he significantly contributed to the study of quantum mechanics and shared his insights in letters to his colleagues - as he does in this letter.

Condition: Fine. Fold marks and tiny tears in the folds, not affecting text. Minimal stains.

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