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Maria Sklodowska Curie (1967)

A speech was revised for Wheeler’s collection of essays entitled At Home in the Universe.

From Mendeleev’s Atom to the Collapsing Star (1969)

This draft was submitted to be the last chapter of Gravitation co-authored by Misner and Thorne.  It is based on a talk given in 1969, however the text that ultimately appeared in the last chapter of Gravitation was based on a talk given in 1971, which is easily accessible in most physics libraries.  I thank the Harry Ransom Center for this article.

Frontiers of Time (1978)

A book-length monograph that marks the departure from Wheeler’s attempt to unify gravity into quantum theory.  In this paper, he comes to the conclusion that space and time are not co-equal with quantum theory, but derivative concepts.

I thank Gerald Kaiser for his copy of Frontiers.

Beyond the Black Hole (1979)

Presented on the occasion of Einstein’s centennial, Beyond the Black Hole marks the beginning of Wheeler’s modern approach to quantum theory – treating gravity as an emergent phenomenon, and keeping it out of the most fundamental description of nature.  In this paper we see an emphasis on the concept of a closed universe, but in later papers we see a departure from this.

Beyond the End of Time (1983)

This article shows Wheeler’s emphasis that Time is a secondary derived concept.  I thank the Harry Ransom Center for this article.

Hermann Weyl and the Unity of Knowledge (1985)

This modified version of a speech given at the University of Kiel can be found in At Home in the Universe.

How Come the Quantum (1986)

Written for Eugene Wigner’s festschrift.

Information, Physics, Quantum: The Search for Links (1989)

This monograph is the culmination of Wheeler’s attempts to understand Quantum Theory.  Here we see his famous aphorism, “it from bit.” This particular version is from a speech given in 1999.  Of all the papers, this is perhaps the most encompassing of Wheeler’s research.

The Glory and the Shame (2000)

One of the latter papers which has a historical undertone to it.  It was reprinted for the festschrift of Gregory Breit.