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GOEPPERT MAYER, Maria, & J. Hans D. Jensen.

Elementary Theory of Nuclear Shell Structure.

New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., & Chapman & Hall, Ltd, London, 1955 Stock Code: 140350
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By the second woman, after Marie Curie, to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics

First edition, first printing, of a classic text on nuclear shell structure. "The authors of this monograph shared the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physics for the nuclear shell model of atomic nuclei. In addition to theoretical work, the book includes a large body of experimental data interpreted with the aid of the shell model. As the second author admitted in a letter, Mayer wrote most of the book" (Grolier). Goeppert Mayer was only the second woman, after Marie Curie, to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. Her co-author was a professor of physics at the University of Heidelberg.

German-born American physicist Maria Gertrude Käte Goeppert Mayer (1906-1972) wrote her dissertation on the then-theoretical two-photon absorption phenomenon; experimental at the time, it was verified some thirty years later, and the unit for the two-photon absorption cross section was named after her (the GM unit). She worked for the Manhattan Project on isotope separation and the development of Edward Teller's 'Super' bomb, and participated in efforts to assist German refugee scientists. She co-wrote a textbook on statistical mechanics with her husband, the chemist Joseph Mayer, and produced notable work on double beta decay and benzene's spectrum. Having occupied a number of voluntary, non-paid or half-time academic positions, often reliant on token stipends, she was appointed full professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego in 1960. Later that decade the American Physical Society established the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award in her honour to support early-career women physicists.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in bronze. With dust jacket.


Numerous diagrams and tables throughout.


Ownership signature in ink to front free endpaper, "Lars Rombén nov 55", likely the Swedish chemist. A fine copy in the about near-fine jacket, with just a few chips to spine ends and along top edge, one tiny closed tear to centre of spine, and a couple of faint marks to the same.


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