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Holton Collection

Holton Collection

 Gerald Holton Collection

​This collection represents nearly five decades of research and collecting, and is especially noted for being a very comprehensive and rich collection. It is devoted to the following subjects:

History of 20th Century Physics and Science

Gathered by Professor Holton, a scientist who himself made notable contributions to high-pressure physics, Professor Holton is also one of the leading historians on the subject. The collection includes nearly every important work relating to the history of 20th century physics in all major languages, including English, French, German, and Japanese. This section also contains numerous volumes of the most important journals relating to the history of science, philosophy and ideas.

Physics of Materials Under High Pressure 

As a student and successor of P. W. Bridgman, (Nobel Prize, 1946), Professor Holton built a complete collection of texts dealing with high-pressure physics. Many of the materials found in this section belonged to Professor Bridgman himself. Included here are Holton's own works, copies of his articles, as well as articles sent to him by prominent physicists of his time, and about 100 scientific books from his library. Also included is a contribution of 29 volumes  from the Jefferson Physical Laboratory which contain writings by many of the leading physicists of the 20th century. This set is very rare, having been printed in limited numbers only.

History of Physics and Science in Ancient Times

As an historian, Professor Holton assembled a formidable collection of books on the early history of physics, concentrating on Newton, Galileo and Kepler.

Physics Education

Professor Holton is a leading contributor to the development of physics education, mainly as the creator of Project Physics, implemented throughout the world. He has gathered an important collection of books on the subject.

Interdisciplinary research 

Complementing the collection are materials belonging to related fields, mostly for interdisciplinary research.
The collection also includes special sections devoted to Nobel Laureates – Einstein and others, as well as Professor Holton's own writings on high-pressure physics, the history of physics education and related matters, as well as research papers presented to him by leading scientists, philosophers and historians of the post-war period.
Gerald Holton
Gerald Holton
Gerald Holton is Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, at Harvard University, where he has been on the Faculty since 1945.
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