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Physics Heritage and Promise Campaign
Keep physics
— Present —
The future of physics
relies on its history - and
acquiring four centuries
of its past.
The collection
The Past will Forever Lead
the Future

The collection of rare books contains the most important discoveries in physical sciences over the past four centuries. The 3,800 volumes were carefully curated over a 25-year period by David Wenner and feature works by Ptolemy, Galileo, Huygens, Halley, Newton, Curie, LaPlace and more.

More about the Collection

Enhancing the Niels Bohr Library & Archives

The American Institute of Physics has the rare opportunity to acquire the complete collection for the Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives. This acquisition will allow scholar, authors, and individuals the ability to study these historic books and documents to pursue a wide range of topics and time periods in physical sciences.

Highlights of the Collection
Galilei Galileo
Isaac Newton
Michael Faraday
On Some New Electro-Magnetical Motions
Max Planck
Quantum Theory
Marie Curie
Traite de Radioactivitie
Maria Goeppert-Mayer
On Closed Shells in Nuclei
Donor Spotlight

Robert MorseRobert A. Morse

Physics Master Emeritus, St. Alban's High School, Washington, DC

"As a high school teacher, trained years ago in the Project Physics curriculum, I found reading in original works and older physics textbooks, fascinating in itself, also helped me develop my understanding and gave insights into crafting activities for students to build their conceptual understanding. For those reasons among others, I will continue to contribute to the Center for the History of Physics."

Photo: Breton Littlehales

“ This collection will transform the Niels Bohr Library & Archives and promote the study of the history of physics in the 18th and 19th century. ”

Robert A. Morse, Physics Master Emeritus
St. Albans School, Washington, DC.

How you can help

For more information on how you can contribute to the Physics Heritage & Promise Campaign please contact:

Mariann Salisbury, Director of Development
American Institute of Physics
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 209-3098
msalisbury [at]

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Image credits

LIGO image: Karan Jani and Christopher Evans, Georgia Tech / All historical images courtesy of the AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.