In a previous post entitled The Lost Papers of Highgate Hill I described my project to restore some old and long lost works. I have just put up two of these on arXiv:
At this time, the Internet was young and arXiv was a dream. The preprint system was largely paper based. This means that the fossil record has a few gaps which will certainly challenge future historians of science.
In my case, the two published articles:
were based on more detailed work done at the University of Melbourne in 1991. I just uploaded these to arXiv after restoration from floppy disk.
If you look at the references in the first paper from PRD you will find two references to preprints: UM-P-91/45 and UM-P-91/47.
Each of these was sent out for peer review and received hostile referee reports. The first I withdrew for a rewrite pending a clearer physical interpretation and the second was rejected and later rewritten to appear as the second paper above, in PRA. However, the rewrite of UM-P-91/45 never happened.
I did come up with the physical interpretation in a PRA article entitled The Exclusion of Intrinsically Classical Domains and the Problem of Quasiclassical Emergence, but The Classical Schroedinger Equation never made it to print.
Over time, I had so many rejected works in this area that I actually assumed that UM-P-91/45 had been rejected also.
In fact, as I now know from my records, I withdrew it from the Annals of Physics after the initial hostile review. All of this, including the original LaTeX source, got lost and forgotten for twenty years as I moved house, left physics and misplaced my notes.
The notes and files got boxed up at my late parent’s house in Queensland and then followed them around as they moved all over. Only now is everything back in the one place after my parents passed away and I found the lost material in their garage.
It has taken a little time to sort out the old electronic storage media and obsolete file formats but I can now bring the material back to life.
I suspect there are many people out there with the same problem. When you get through the slog it is worth it.
In my case, I has long assumed that The Classical Schroedinger Equation was rejected from the Annals of Physics.
It wasn’t. I withdrew it, lost it and then forgot what I intended to do with the manuscript.
Life is funny sometimes.