THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT
ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE ORIGIN OF COSMIC RAYS
ROBERT A. MILLIKAN. American physicist.
Typewritten and Autograph Manuscript, thirteen pages, quarto and octavo, undated. Comprising a quarto page of five typewritten lines, with the title and corrections in Robert Millikan’s hand; the first page of the paper (quarto), consisting of nine typewritten lines and corrections in Millikan’s hand; and eleven pages of the original paper in Millikan’s hand. With an Autograph Note, one page, octavo, to Watson Davis, asking if he can have a copy of his notes.
[With:] MILLIKAN and G. Harvey CAMERON. Typewritten Manuscript, two pages, legal folio, April 23, 1928. Headed “A statement given by Dr. R. A. Millikan detailing his new investigations upon the origin of the cosmic rays. An announcement of major scientific importance. Millikan’s statement gives evidence for the continuous creation of the common elements out of positive and negative electrons.”
[With:] National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Washington, April 23, 24, 25, 1928. Folio. Listing the sessions for the presentation of scientific papers.
[With:] DAVIS, Watson, ed. Science Newsletter, Vol. XIII, No. 368 (April 28, 1928), 258-272 pp. Baltimore; quarto.
Two of the articles included in the above issue are “Cosmic Rays Signal Matter’s Creation” (containing Millikan’s newly developed proofs of the continual creation of matter in the outer space), and “Dr. Millikan’s Own Statement” (the first publication of the present manuscript). The article notes that Millikan prepared for the Science Service the statement of his work, which was done jointly with Dr. G. Harvey Cameron. Other articles in this issue include “Earthquake Recorders, Rays and Radio” by Prof. Thomas Hunt Morgan, and a fascinating article entitled “Chemistry of Fires, Drugs, Atoms, Sugar” by Dr. Edwin Slosson and Watson Davis.
The Weekly Summary of Current Science was published by Science Service, Inc., under the leadership of Watson Davis. The institute was organized under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The journal began publication in 1921 for the purpose of disseminating scientific information to the public.
Robert A. Millikan (1868-1953) was a great experimental physicist. His pioneering investigations into photoelectric effect provided important support to the quantum theory of light. For these achievements he was awarded the 1923 Nobel Prize in physics. Robert Millikan made significant contributions to the study of “hot spark” spectra and cold emission (today known as field emission) of metals. Investigation into the nature and properties of cosmic rays (he coined the term) consumed much of his attention, and led to a significant role in the natural mutation and evolution of life on earth.
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