I'm looking for a physics paper which a typical high school student who is new to physics would be able to read and grasp the general idea of the purpose, setup and results, if not the details. To be clear, I don't expect that high school students will understand much of the math or technical details, but with guidance, the general idea. Ideally it would be something simple and elegant, without a lot of calculation or complicated data analysis. The purpose is to give them a sense of the style, tone, and organization of a real physics paper.
It is not necessary, but desirable, that this paper
- is relevant to classical mechanics, electromagnetism, or thermodynamics (basic parts of the high school curriculum)
- describes a result that might be a part of an introductory physics curriculum
- is written by someone famous
What physics paper meets these specifications?
I realize this is kind of on the edge of the domain of acceptable questions here - if the consensus is that it's over the edge, I'll delete the question.