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(Spanish) Word version
A couple words regarding notes and typos
German paper (scanned from the original)
English copies (typwritten): one in the Queen´s English (Royal Aircraft Estabhisment, 1976, 11Mb) and one from across the pond (Sandia Labs, 1978, 33Mb). UPDATE: The original copies have been removed. You can still download both copies here (RAE) and here (Sandia)
Gustav Mie the person. Bio by Pedro Lilienfeld (Applied Optics 30, 4696-4698, 1991).
Mie photo (the one at left). Perfect to frame it or to keep it on your wallet next to the kids´ pictures (and if you agree, you´re spending too much time working on light scattering!)
Mie theory 100 years. Activities and papers, by Thomas Wriedt.
Mie 1908-2008. Conference at Halle (Germany), 15-17 September 2008
11th ELS Conference. Hatfield (UK), 7--12 September 2008. Special guest (in spirit) ... guess who?
PROJECT STATUS (as of January 21, 2007):
SPANISH. Finished. Translation by Arturo Quirantes (aquiran at ugr.es)
CHINESE. In preparation. Translation by Dr. Qiyuan Xie (xqy at ustc.edu.cn)
HEBREW. In preparation. Translation by Ariel Cohen and Moshe Kleiman (cariel at cc.huji.ac.il)
ITALIAN. In preparation. Translation by Luca Lelli (lelli.luca at googlemail.com)
Others (french, italian, dutch, finnish, esperanto, klingon...): Waiting for volunteers
- Mie Theory 1908-2008. A conference to commemorate Gustav Mie and Mie’s Theory by bringing together scientists from different disciplines to discuss the latest developments in the practical application of light scattering. Halle, Germany 15-17 September 2008 (yes, right after ELS-XI) More Information at the Conference website
What is the Mie Translation Project?
It is an attempt to translate Mie´s classical 1908 paper on light scattering to as many of the major languages as possible.
Why? What´s the problem with the original version?
Absolutely none, as long as you can read German. As most scientists do not, having it translated into your own language can be interesting.
How did you come with the idea?
IIRC, it started with a conversation between Thomas Wriedt and I a couple years ago. Nothing came out of it, but as the 100th aniversary of Mie´s paper came near, I remembered it and retrieved a translation I did in the 90s during my PhD thesis (not that I needed then, it was just fun to do). It didn´t come out as easy as it sounds. Converting from WordPerfect to Word alone was a difficult task, no matter what you hear about import filters. The original figures were in bmp format, and some couldn´t even be read. Moreover, scanning a graphic is harder that it seems. Even a fraction of a degree of misalignment is clearly visible in the digital version. I had to digitally retouch some of the graphics, so you might find slight differences if you compare them with the original figures. On the plus side, the now look great!
Do we really need a translation?
Not really. There are good books regarding Mie scattering (Kerker, van de Hulst, Bohren-Huffman...). On the other hand, our knowledge about Mie scattering comes filtered (no matter how well) by other people, some of which might not even had read Mie paper. Good that we now know about the convergence procedures of Bessel functions, Wiscombe criteria and all that jazz.
We do quote Mie´s achievements and praise him, but on a distance. We do not pay attention to the original source. And I have always think that information is like water: if you want it purest, go to the source. There is only one Mie scattering paper. The original one, which reflects his thoughts and achievements on the subject of light scattering by spherical particles. Don´t you feel curious about what Mie theory was like in the good ol´ times, when computers were just a word, Wiscombe was not even born and everything was to be carried out by paper and pencil? No computer simulations, no Abramowitz-Stegun, no satellite data. A man and his brain.
Before I get too romantic, here´s another reason. Gustav Mie wrote his classical paper (Contributions to the optics of turbid media, particularly of colloidal metal solutions) in 1908. His famous paper is now one hundred years old. The 11th edition of the Electromagnetic+Light Scattering Conference, to be held in September 2008 in England, will remember him. And before you ask "why is a spherical-LS paper relevant to us, nonspherical scientists", may I remember you the last line of Mie´s 1908 paper: For the sake of completeness of the theory, it is absolutely necessary to investigate also the behavior of ellipsoidal particles. We are somehow following his steps.
Ok, you got me interested. How do I contribute?
First, see the "project status" section above. If your language is not listed above, then it´s waiting for you. You can translate it all yourself, or you can take part of just a fraction of the paper, as you choose. Please let me know about your interest at email@example.com so we don´t have several
In order to ease your workload, I have put online a copy of the spanish version in Word format, so you can just change the spanish words for your translation. Otherwise, you can find some files with the equations (in gif and eps formats), and of the figures (gif format). PLEASE NOTE: Not all of the paper´s equations are numbered.
When you´re finished, please pass it to me on pdf format. It´s easy, particularly as Word and OpenOffice documents can be exported to Adobe without much of a problem. Be warned that sometimes the "translation" into pdf is not without problems: a line goes in the next page, so the layout changes, and so on. I have a similar problem, which drove me nuts till I changed the pdf settings to "high quality". The pdf file became an exact copy of the original ... and even got smaller in size!
I can tell from experience that translating Mie´s paper is a very relaxing experience. Just try!
Well, I can only read English or German, so you don´t need me. Do you?
Stange as it might seem, yes, I do want you. There are several English translations, but I have some doubts about its correctness. Plus, the don´t have the fancy equations (one of them does not even include the figures), so maybe a good translation into English, by a someone from the LS community, will be a good idea. As for German, perhaps somebody wants to make a good copy using the Word template I have used.
What about publication and copyright?
Well, publication would be a nice idea. If I can get somebody interested in publication (maybe as a special issue to be presented at ELS-XI), great. In any case, we will still have the pdf files available to evetybody.
Concerning author rights, it´s clear that everybody must be credited for his/her work. On the other hand, it is my wish to make the full set of translations freely available. That seems hard to do as we´ve been grown accustomed to an all-or-nothing modelf of reserved rights. I would like to use a Creative Commons license, particularly the Attribution-Nomcommercial-Share Alike version: you can share and re-mix the work, as long as a) give credit to the original author, b) use it for nocommercial purposes, and c) share your own work the same way as we do.
Please consider that I´m not a lawyer. I´m just trying to use common sense and translating it i. You did it so you credit from it, and if there´s ever money to be done you´ll get your part. Not that I expect this translation project to turn into a million-dollar venture, but you never know. As usual, any suggestion welcome.
What about translating other works? What about the paper from ...?
Well, if somebody is interested in translating other papers (particularly from, say, French or German into English), fine. I didn´t consider it, so I´m afraid I cannot help you with the equations or graphics. If you do, please let me know and I´ll put it on the web, too.
Can I criticize the lousy way you´re handling this project?
Sure! Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
When he entered the University of Rostock in 1888, he concentrated in maths and mineralogy. Theoretical courses in physics were still not available at that time in any of the mayor German universties.
For his State Examination, he had to make a dissertation in physics and one in mathematics. He spent several months onthe physics paper, but had only one day left to do the math paper. He did it by working 24 hours without interruption. If you tell your students not to leave it all for the last day, forget dthe Mie example!
Mie´s classical 1908 paper was underestimated by scientists ... including Mie himself! He considered a textbook on electricity he wrote as his big contribution to science.
According to Wikipedia, Mie developed in 1910 a unit system called VACS (Volt, Ampere, Coulomb, Second).
Did you know there is a crater in Mars named after him? You can see nice pictures here and here. Located in Utopia Planitia at 48.1N, 139.6E, is about 104 km wide. You can spot it on Google Mars. The Viking 2 spacecraft landed just 200 km east of Mie crater, as you can see here.
The University of Freiburg (where he worked from 1924 as his retirement in 1935) named one of his buildings after him.