Through Measurement to Knowledge

The Selected Papers of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes 1853–1926

  • Authors
  • Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
  • Kostas Gavroglu
  • Yorgos Goudaroulis

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 124)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-cxv
  2. Selected Papers of H. Kamerlingh Onnes

    1. General

    2. Thermodynamic Researches (Equation of State)

    3. Properties of Liquid Helium

      1. H. Kamerlingh Onnes
        Pages 201-220
      2. H. Kamerlingh Onnes, J. D. A. Boks
        Pages 221-226
    4. Electrical Researches

      1. Henri Becquerel, Jean Becquerel, H. Kamerlingh Onnes
        Pages 236-251
    5. Magnetic Researches

  3. Back Matter
    Pages 491-575

About this book


"Tile; D'apC:Tile; l. DpWTa ()coi 7rpo7rapod)w £ D'T}K,mi'. "between us and Goodness the gods have placed the sweat of our brows". This quote from Isiodos, the first lyrical poet, is jotted on a sheet of paper found among the papers of Heike Kamerlingh Onnes at the Boerhaave Museum, Leiden. On this same sheet, one can also read quotes from Schiller, Goethe, Shakespeare, Homer, Pindar and Dante. Each quote is for somebody or something. It appears to have been a game played at least by Ehrenfest and Crommelin -an unmistakable sign of these two physicists's deep culture. This particular quote was for the "Werkplaats", the Physical Laboratory of the University of Leiden. Our purpose in putting together the Selected Papers of its first Director, Kamerlingh Onnes (1853-1926), is to try and articulate the dominant trends of a different type of culture at Leiden: its physics culture during the years that established low temperature physics as a distinct branch of physics. Our aims in choosing the particular papers are threefold. First, we wish to present the interconnectedness among the different research programs of Kamerlingh Onnes and to bring out the decisive role of the work initiated by van der Waals in determining the direction of nearly all of these research programs.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kostas Gavroglu
    • 1
  • Yorgos Goudaroulis
    • 2
  1. 1.National Technical University of AthensGreece
  2. 2.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiGreece

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7433-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2079-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0068-0346
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