W. J. A. Bliss papers
- Bliss, W. J. A., 1867-1940 (Person)
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This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
0.76 Cubic Feet (2 letter size document boxes)
Bliss co-authored, with Joseph S. Ames, what was to become the standard physics lab guide: The Manual of Experimental Physics. He also served as chairman of the Dormitory Committee from 1911 to 1925.
Scope and Contents
The notebooks contain Bliss's notes on physics from lectures given by Joseph Ames and Henry Rowland. Bliss studied with both men while working on his Ph.D. Electricity, heat, light, magnetism and optics are covered in the notes.
Bliss taught an upper level course on electricity and magnetism. His lectures dealt primarily with the mathematical theory of the subjects. Because the emphasis was heavily mathematical, Bliss had his students work a number of problems. The questions and solutions for the problem sets are included on notecards with the lectures. . The correspondence focuses on departmental and personal business matters such as lab supplies and mortgage payments. The few letters in this series survived because Bliss recorded lecture notes on the back. The originals remain with the lectures; copies on acid-free paper are available to the researcher.
The only item in the Writings series is a comment on an article by Rowland.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Ames, Joseph Sweetman, 1864-1943
- Atomic structure
- Bliss, W. J. A., 1867-1940
- College teachers
- Electric resistance
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics
- Ohm's law
- Quantum theory
- Rowland, Henry Augustus, 1848-1901
- United States
- X-ray optics
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