Landolt-Börnstein (LB) is a systematic collection of numerical data and functional relationships in physics, physical chemistry, biophysics, geophysics, astronomy, materials science, and technology. It is a valuable but often overlooked source of reliable physical data. Its full German title is Zahlenwerte und Funktionen aus Physik, Chemie, Astronomie, Geophysik und Technik. The 6th Edition was published from 1950 to 1980, and contains 22,500 pages in 28 volumes. It contains fundamental, well-tested information that is less likely to require revision. In 1961 the extensive New Series began publication, which updates and expands the base set with a focus on solid state materials and semiconductors.
Our library has the 6th edition base set and most volumes of the New Series Groups I-IV and VII up to about 1998. LB is shelved on the second level of the PMA LIbrary. (Group V is at the Geology Library.) No volumes published after 1998 have been acquired. LB volumes do not circulate.
Getting LB content from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan is difficult. Very few libraries have purchased recent printed volumes, and it's difficult to identify them. Requests for copies of chapters or pages need to be precise and less than 50 pages. Obtaining digital copies from other libraries that subscribe to SpringerMaterials is not allowed under the license.
The base set and the New Series up to about 1990 are in German, with English tables of contents in some volumes. LB consists mostly of tables and graphs. A knowledge of common German physical and chemical terms is useful.
The New Series is divided into subject groups. Each group is further divided into volumes and subvolumes on particular topics. Only pre-1998 volumes are listed here.
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