[SCIENCE.] THE ROYAL INSTITUTION Library of Science (being the Friday Evening Discourses in Physical Sciences held at the Royal Institution: 1851-1939). Physical Sciences. Edited by Sir William Lawrence Bragg and Professor George Porter. Elsevier Publishing Company Ltd., 1970.
8vo. 10 vols. Original cloth gilt in original dust-wrappers; illustrations to text; a fine, fresh set, all but one in the original tissue wrapping.
First collected edition.
Every Friday between June and October since 1826, the Royal Institution has invited a prominent scientist to speak generally on his or her subject. This set gathers together the Friday Evening Discourses from 1851 to 1939 in an attempt to illustrate the change from "Classical" to "New" physics. Alongside lectures by Faraday, Lord Kelvin, Maxwell, Helmholtz, Lord Rayleigh, Tesla, Pierre Curie, Rutherford, Eddington and many others, the set also reprints J.J. Thomson's 1897 Discourse on "Cathode Rays", in which he revealed to the scientific world the discovery that changed the very landscape of physics.