Collected Paper (Note E Memorie)
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1962. Two volumes. 8vo. xlii, [ii], 1043; xvi, [ii], 1083,  pp. FIRST EDITION. Frontispiece in each volume plus 17 plates. Red cloth, a bit faded, gilt spine; text is clean and bright. Item #18941
First edition of the papers from one of the most important physicists of all time. Volume I contains many of Fermi’s most important works up to his emigration from Italy to America in 1938. Included is his Nobel acceptance speech entitled “Artificial radioactivity produces by neutron bombardment.” Upon accepting the 1938 Nobel Prize for his “demonstrations of the existence of new radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation, and for his related discovery of nuclear reactions brought about by slow neutrons,” Fermi set sail for New York and never returned to Italy again. Volume II covers his work after settling in America. Included are the published results of his research into nuclear energy at the University of Chicago and from his time at Los Alamos as a consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission. Following detonation of the atomic bomb in Japan, Fermi gave a lecture in 1946 (“Atomic Energy for power”), found here, about the more peaceful uses of atomic energy in an attempt to counteract the negative implications of nuclear power.
This set also contains a wonderful biographical sketch of Fermi, introductions to some of the papers by members of the editorial staff, and a chronology of the author’s life. The editors have carefully chosen the papers that are most complete and have the greatest amount of detail, given that Fermi was known to publish the same paper more than once and often in multiple languages.
Fermi (1901-1954) excelled in both theoretical and experimental physics. He worked with quantum statistics, spin particles, Raman effect, produced the theory of radioactive beta-decay, and discovered 40 new radioactive isotopes. Fermi’s group obtained the first controlled self-sustaining nuclear reaction. His work in the fields of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics, as well as his contributions to cosmic rays and relativity, was invaluable and helped lay the foundation for the next generation of physicists.