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Physics

 Subject
Subject Source: UK Archival Thesaurus

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

 Fonds

Ambrose Fleming: Notes on James Clerk Maxwell's lectures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8082-8083
Scope and Contents

Notes by Ambrose Fleming on the last course of lectures given by James Clerk Maxwell at Cambridge University, delivered October 1878 - June 1879. There is an index at the front of each volume.

Dates: 1878-1879
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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De motu Corporum Liber Secundus, c 1687

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3990
Scope and Contents

Draft of 'De Mundi Systemate', first printed in 1731.

Dates: c 1687
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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Douglas Rayner Hartree: Calculations on Schubaurer's Ellipse

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8329
Scope and Contents

Four folders of handwritten calculations, c. 1930s: Schubaurer's Ellipse - 0.2 to 0.4, 0.4 to 1.0, 1.0 to 1.8, and 1.8 to 2.0. Loose items: a letter from L.J. Comrie to Hartree, 17 September 1937, discussing a calculation; a letter from Bertha Jeffreys, Lady Jeffreys, to A.E.B. Owen, 5 December 1986, forwarding a letter from Prof. L. Howarth of Bristol, confirming that the papers were likely to be those of Hartree, and citing his publications on these experiments.

Dates: 1930-1986 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Edmund Hopkinson: Notes on Nicholas Saunderson's Lectures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9752
Scope and Contents

Covers mechanicks, hydrostaticks, pneumaticks, sounds, opticks, the rainbow, astronomy and tides.

Dates: 1723
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Ernest Rutherford: Letters to A.B. Wood

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8404
Scope and Contents

Typescript and manuscript letters from Ernest Rutherford to A.B. Wood, with a covering note of 28 March 1984.

Dates: 1913-1935
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Francis William Aston: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8322
Scope and Contents Aston's research papers consist of four notebooks recording work on positive rays, 1911-1913, and a few unidentified manuscript calculations. His time at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough is documented by reports on his work submitted to the Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1917-1919 and a humorous account of wartime activities at Farnborough by an unidentified author. Publications material consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of a small number of Aston's publications,...
Dates: 1901-1945 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Frank Oldham: Student Notebooks

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8327
Scope and Contents

Oldham's notes of his experimental work in physics for the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part II, 1925-1927. An enclosed letter from Oldham, 24 July 1973, explains that he came to St John's College, Cambridge, in 1925 with a degree from King's College, London, which excused him from Part I of the Tripos. A copy letter from Prof. A.B. Pippard, 12 July 1973, acknowledges receipt of the notebooks for the Cavendish Laboratory archives.

Dates: 1925-1973
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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George Frederick Charles Searle: Notebooks and Class Experiments

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8324
Dates: 1892-1944 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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James Clerk Maxwell: Letters to George Chrystal and other papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8375
Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of papers relating to James Clerk Maxwell, George Chrystal, Prof. William Garnett (Maxwell's Demonstrator at the Cavendish Laboratory), and John William Strutt, Lord Rayleigh. A typed note states '5.10.67: Presented by Professor Mott, these were found among the possessions of his late Father, who worked in the Cavendish Laboratory for two years in the early days'. The miscellaneous items, nos. 22-26, are in Maxwell's hand.

Dates: 1874-1885
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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John Desmond Bernal: Scientific and Personal Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8287
Scope and Contents A. Scientific Writings (24 boxes) 1.1-1.2. Books; 2.1-2.10. Contributions to books; 3.1-3.225. Periodicals; 4.1-4.60. Unpublished writings. B. Non-scientific Writings (33 boxes) 1.1-1.12. Books; 2.1-2.21. Contributions to books; 3.1-3.392. Periodicals; 4.1-4.115. Unpublished writings; 5.1-5.69. Broadcasts. C. Birkbeck College (1 box) 1-11. Correspondence, photographs, visitor's books, lectures, annual reports, etc. D. War (2 boxes) 1-13. Diaries, correspondence, photographs, maps, reports,...
Dates: 1950 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Section R is closed to readers until 2021.
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John Parnther: Notes and transcripts of lectures

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.589
Scope and Contents

Notes by John Parnther of Peterhouse College on a series of lectures given at Cambridge University. Lectures by N. Saunderson and Robert Smith on hydrostatics, sounds, optics, mechanics, astronomy, the tides, technical chronology, dioptrica and catoptrica.

Dates: 1727-1729
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Miscellaneous Notes, c 1670-c 1680

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3974
Scope and Contents

On gems and other subjects.

Dates: c 1670-c 1680
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
 Series

Physics, c 1650-c 1750

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9597/16
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The Macclesfield Collection principally comprises the archives of John Collins (1625-1683) and William Jones (1675-1749). As well as being mathematicians in their own right, both men corresponded with leading scientific figures of their day and so the collection includes autograph material by Isaac Newton, Edmond Halley, Henry Briggs, Roger Cotes, Henry Oldenburg and Robert Hooke.

Dates: c 1650-c 1750
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Please enquire at the Manuscripts Reading Room desk if you would like to view items from the Macclesfield Collection.
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Sir George Gabriel Stokes: Miscellaneous Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7656
Scope and Contents 1. Correspondence The letters are divided into two main parts. The largest group of correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within these sections. The remaining letters are arranged chronologically in the following subject groupings: LB1.1 to LB1.22 Letter book containing letters written to Stokes in 1846. LB2.1 to LB2.34 Letter book containing correspondence between Stokes and George Baden Powell in 1847 and 1848. RS1 to RS2415 Royal Society of...
Dates: 1830-1902 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: RESTRICTED - copy microfilm CM04928-CM05027 to be used
 Fonds — Multiple Containers

Sir Gordon Sutherland: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8353
Scope and Contents The collection provides some documentation for most aspects of Sutherland's career, apart from his two periods at the University of Michigan, for which there is virtually no material. For the 1930s there is extensive correspondence, but no laboratory records, and for the wartime period there is a very full sequence of letters exchanged with H.W. Thompson, 1937-1947. Section C contains papers relating to the National Physical Laboratory, and Section D documents Sutherland's involvement with...
Dates: 1921-1982 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Some items are restricted at the discretion of the Keeper of Manuscripts
 Fonds — Multiple Containers

Sir Joseph John Thomson: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7654
Scope and Contents Part I. Correspondence A-Z Correspondence. PP Other personal papers. Part II. Research, lectures and speeches BD Drafts of books. PD Drafts of published scientific papers and lectures. ED Drafts of contributions to dictionaries and encyclopaedia. UD Drafts of unidentified or unpublished works. SN Notes for speeches. NC Notes and calculations. PH Photographs and diagrams. UL University lecture notes. EX Draft Examination questions. Part III. Thomson's work outside physics Government...
Dates: 1880-1939 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
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Sir William Lawrence Bragg and others: Correspondence and Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8328
Scope and Contents Sir William Lawrence Bragg: letters and notes regarding a book on crystals (1929, 1 folder, c. 23 items) Notes headed 'X ray Optics (crystal physics)', handwritten and typed. Notes beginning '(1) Temperature factors', handwritten. Letter from Miss W.E. Deighton, sending copies of letters between Mr Astbury and Sir William Henry Bragg, about 'the book', Feb. 1929. Correspondence between William Henry Bragg and W.L. Bragg, Jan. - Feb. 1929, about a proposed book on crystals, including a...
Dates: 1950 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Series

The Elements of Mechanicks, c 1665-c 1727

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.4005.5: 23-24
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

Papers either in Newton's hand or concerning his life and work. Subjects covered include the Royal Society, education, cosmography, mechanics, mathematics, astronomy and shipbuilding.

Dates: c 1665-c 1727
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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The Lawes of Motion: How Solitary Bodies are Moved, c 1665-c 1672

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.3958.5: 81-84
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The Portsmouth Collection is the principal collection of Isaac Newton's scientific and mathematical papers, including early drafts of the Principia, and his correspondence with Oldenburg, Halley Flamsteed and many of the other most prominent scientists of his day.

Dates: c 1665-c 1672
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Due to the fragile nature of the material access to the collection is restricted. It is available to view in the Cambridge University Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/newton/1 with the exception of MS.Add.4007, which is open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.
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William Hyde Wollaston: Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7736
Scope and Contents The collection contains notebooks containing medical notes and records of various scientific experiments, correspondence, lecture notes and various miscellaneous papers. Box 1 Miscellaneous There are two sets of material, one containing copies of articles, notes, letters, etc., the other consisting of letters and notes in brown envelopes to or from L.F. Gilbert. Notebooks 1st series: 1-4. scientific notebooks 'O', 'H', 'G', and 'D'; 5. 'Tours', notes on Wollaston by Henry Warburton; 6. 'Ink...
Dates: 1786-1967 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

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