WHAT WAS PHYSICS LIKE slightly more than half a century ago? One readily thinks of such famous names as J. J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, Marie Curie, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, H. A. Lorentz, Albert Einstein, et al., but these are the highlights of hindsight. For the background of perhaps lesser, but nevertheless significant and interesting efforts, we usually must look to the contemporary literature, since histories of science rarely have room for elaborate descriptions of a period.

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