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Science of matter and the universe
Physique et chimie populaires. Jules Chéret (1836-1932)
All the major traditional fields of physics are represented (mechanics, optics, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics, etc.), including in particular a large number of works on major theories that are of continuing relevance to physicians, such as relativity, unification, quantum theory, string theory, field theory, and supersymmetry.
The Reference library offers around 3,000 books together with journals on an open access basis, mainly in French. These include books on everyday physics accessible to all and French and foreign classical treatises such as the Berkeley, Feynman, Landau, and Lifšic lectures, as well as summary academic textbooks at bachelor’s and scientific preparatory course level and materials preparing students specifically for the “CAPES” and “agrégation” higher teaching qualifications.
Major early 20th century French and foreign physicists are amply represented in both the Reference library’s and the Research library’s collections: Paul Langevin, Pierre and Marie Curie, Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Alfred Kastler, Louis de Broglie, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Planck, Werner Heisenberg, etc.
Material published by contemporary physicists is available in the Research library.In particular, this includes material by French scientists such as Nobel prize winners Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Georges Charpak, Gilles Cohen-Tannoudji, and Albert Fert (2007), as well as researchers from all over the world. Such texts are published almost exclusively in English, mainly in international journals.
There is also an open-access collection of almost 6,000 works aimed at researchers and doctoral students, most of which are in English. These mainly include summaries and major collections, such as, for example, Lecture Notes in Physics, Topics in Applied Physics, and Advanced Texts in Physics, and journals such as Annual reviews, Advances in..., Progress in..., Studies in..., etc. Major French and European symposiums, such as the Ecole des Houches and Enrico Fermi, are also systematically monitored.
Also available on an open access basis are the Landolt-Börnstein: Numerical Data and Functional Relationships in Science and Technology, an outstanding collection of more than 330 volumes consisting of a compilation of data in physics, chemistry, astrophysics, materials science, etc. BnF also owns the 1883 single-volume first edition of this work in German.
These collections are rounded out by closed-stack materials such as French learned journals (e.g. the Journal de physique from 1872 onwards), textbooks from the first half of the 20th century (e.g. Cours de physique générale by G. Bruhat), and original theses by Pierre Curie (1903 Nobel prize), Max von Laue (1914 Nobel prize), Nils Bohr (1922 Nobel prize), Alfred Kastler (1966 Nobel prize), etc. Theses by Marie Curie (Nobel prize for physics in 1903 and chemistry in 1911) and Albert Einstein (1921 Nobel prize) are held in the Rare Books Reserve (Réserve des livres rares).
Tuesday, February 8, 2011