A great thing about the internet is that it offers an easy access to science journals and archives. Recently, while fooling around at some physics journals, I found the original paper by Rosen, Podolsky and Einstein called “Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?”. The paper offered an influential critique against certain formulations of quantum mechanics and theoretically introduced quantum entanglement. So due to such a pleasant surprise, I decided to gather a small compilation of popular historic physics papers. Below you can find the links to these papers (all in English).
Other famous articles that I gathered in this short list include the famous paper by Einstein explaining his theory of Special Relativity, which is surprisingly easy-to-read. In addition, we have the important paper, in which Feynman introduced his path integral formulation of quantum mechanics. In “Particle Creation by Black Holes” Hawking introduces his great discovery of the so called Hawking radiation. And last but not least, Niels Bohr discusses his views on the properties of atoms and molecules in a paper called “On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules”. Finally, I have added another link, which leads to a long list of historic physics papers. Some links are dead and some of the papers are not in English, but nonetheless the list is very useful.
- “Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?” by A. Einstein, B. Podolsky and N. Rosen (1935)
- “On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies” by Albert Einstein (1905)
- “Space-Time Approach to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics” by Richard Feynman (1948)
- “Particle Creation by Black Holes” by Stephen Hawking (1975)
- “On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules” by Niels Bohr (1913)
- List of historic physics papers available on the web