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George Gamow and Richard Blade Manuscript Papers

Identifier: COU:3999

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the unfinished manuscript of George Gamow’s and Richard Blade’s Basic Theories of Modern Physics, which was meant to be an upper division level physics text. The manuscript emphasizes the history and development of the various theories of modern physics of the 20th century rather than teach how to apply them. Richard Blade was approached by Professor Gamow to co-author the book in return for editing, additions, and revisions, as well as his professional knowledge of the S-matrix theory of quantum electrodynamics. The materials in the collection are the manuscript itself and proposed illustrations. They span from 1967 to 2004.


  • 1960

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Limited duplication of materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.


0.5 linear feet (1 legal sized box comprised of papers, illustrations, and a CD drive.)

Language of Materials



The George Gamow and Richard Blade Manuscript papers have been arranged into 1 series based on media format and content type. Series 1, Manuscript

Processed by Erin McElroy, April 2018. Machine Readable Finding Aid in EAD by Erin McElroy and Katelyn Morken, April 2018.
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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