, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 39-42

Historic papers in physics — The case of Hugo Martin Tetrode, 1895–1931

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Conclusions

It appears from the foregoing discussion that the results of citation analysis can be interpreted, in the investigated case, as indicators for either the direct use which is made of a paper in research, or for the “visibility” of its author as a pioneer in a (sub)-discipline. In the last case the citation scores primarily reflect the dynamics of the relevant scientific discipline.

More generally the case-study indicates the potential usefulness of combining citation analysis with more conventional ways of evaluating the role articles play and have played in science.

The authors wish to thank Prof. H. B. G. Casimir who first brought the work of H. M. Tetrode the their attention.