Some Historic Papers



The famous 1931 Dirac paper where he proposed magnetic monopoles Quantized Singularities in the Electromagnetic Field, Proceedings of the Royal Society, A133 (1931) pp 60-72.

The famous 1935 Euler-Heisenberg paper Folgerungen aus der Diracschen Theorie des Positrons, German Original
Consequences of Dirac's Theory of the Electron in English Translation

Weisskopf 1949 paper Ueber die Elektrodynamik des Vakuums auf Grund der Quantentheorie des Elektrons" German original
Recent Developments in the Theory of the Electron, English translation.

The earlier Sauter 1931 paper Ueber das Verhalten eines Elektrons im homogenen elektrischen Feld nach der relativistischen Theorie Diracs (German original);
On the Behavior of an Electron in the Homogeneous Electric Field in Dirac's Relativistic Theory (English Machine translation)


Note on Einstein's first scientific essay (1895, unpublished): On Electicity and Electrical Currents
See also O. Klein's 1928 paper Die Reflexion von Elektronen an einem Potentialsprung nach der relativistischen Dynamik von Dirac

Einstein's Annus Mirabilis (1905) papers:
1. "Zur Electrodynamik bewegter Koerper"
(English Translation: "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies")

2. "Ist die Traegheit eines Koerpers von seinem Energieinhalt abhaengig?"
(English Translation "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on its Energy Content"

3."Ueber einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristichen Gesichtspunkt"
(English Translation: "On a Heuristic Point of View about the Creation and Conversion of Light")
4. Ueber die von der molekularkinetischen Theorie der Waerme geforderte Bewegung
von in ruhenden Fluessigkeiten suspendierten Teilchen"

(English Translation: "Investigations on the Theory of the Brownian Movement"


Einstein's Dissertation (English Translation: "A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions")


No discovery has led to more heated discussions in newspapers
and crackpot pages of self-proclaimed experts. For amusement see here!
In particular, many people complained about his omission of citations of Lorentz and Poincare!
Also here and here and here.
An assessment of Poincare's contribution to the Theory of Relativity is found here.
See Hilbert's 1905 paper on General Relativity entitled Die Grundlagen der Physik here.
(Copyright: Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek Goettingen).


Einstein's famous paper on General Relativity (1916):
"Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitaetstheorie"


Link to other historic papers by

Max Abraham Albert Einstein
Niels Bohr J. Frenkel Hermann Minkowski Erwin Schrvdinger
Max Born S. Goudsmit Wolfgang Pauli Arnold Sommerfeld
Louis de Broglie Max von Laue Henri Poincari L.H. Thomas
Paul Dirac Gustav Mie E. Rutherford G. E. Uhlenbeck

Later Einstein papers with translations can be found here!