The Well-Read Physicist

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Photos of the Month - March 2018

Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist

March is National Reading Month here in the United States, when educators and librarians promote literacy around the country through reading. Whether you’re into nonfiction, journals, romance novels, or science fiction, I encourage you to be inspired by this month’s selected historic physicists and pick up a book or article this month that will broaden your literary horizons, entertain you, or challenge you intellectually. Our Assistant Director of Special Collections, Allison Rein, recommends these recently acquired books from the Niels Bohr Library:

This month, you will see images of physicists such as Ben Mottelson, Karl Darrow, and Virginia Trimble enjoying some time with their reading materials of choice.

Further reading by this month’s featured physicists:

Hedwig Kohn reading in her office at Wellesley College, circa 1947.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, gift of Dr. Wilhelm Tappe, Kohn Photo Collection

Georges Temmer and Ben Mottelson relax, eat and read in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn) at the 1967 Tokyo International Conference on Nuclear Physics.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Val Fitch stands in a library behind several stacks of books that illustrate the growth of the yearly bound volumes of "Physical Review" and "Physical Review Letters" from 1918 to 1978.

Credit line: Robert P. Matthews, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection

Virginia Trimble in her office surrounded by both reprints of her own papers and books by her astronomy colleagues on their research in the field, circa 1975.

Credit line: American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Karl Darrow, as a child, sits in a chair reading a book with his mother Helen Kelchner Darrow.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Darrow Collection

Nancy Roman grabbing a book from the shelves at NASA’s Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Credit line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Roman Collection