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The golden age of theoretical physics

Author: Jagdish Mehra
Publisher: Singapore ; River Edge, NJ : World Scientific, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

This two-volume set brings together 37 selected essays. They are published as a tribute to the Mehra-Rechenberg collaboration, and cover various aspects of quantum theory, the special and general  Read more...


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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jagdish Mehra
ISBN: 9810243421 9789810243425 9810249845 9789810249847 9810249853 9789810249854
OCLC Number: 46981736
Notes: Compilation of 37 articles and essays by the author from his earlier works and lectures.
Description: 2 volumes (xix, 1408 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Volume 1: Albert Einstein's "first" paper; Max Planck and the law of blackbody radiation; Planck's half-quanta - a history of the concept of zero-point energy; Josiah Willard Gibbs and the foundations of statistical mechanics; Einstein and the foundation of statistical mechanics; Albert Einstein and Marian von Smoluchowski - early history of the theory of fluctuation phenomena; the historical origins of the special theory of relativity; the historical origins of the general theory of relativity; Albert Einstein and the origin of light-quantum theory; Niels Bohr and the quantum theory of the atom; Arnold Sommerfeld and atoms as conditionally periodic systems; the Gottingen tradition of mathematics and physics from Gauss to Hilbert and Born and Franck; the Bohr festival in Gottingen -Bohr's Wolfskehl lectures and the theory of the periodic system of elements; Satyendra Nath Bose, Bose-Einstein statistics, and the quantum theory of an ideal gas; Louis de Broglie and the phase waves associated with matter; Wolfgang Pauli and the discovery of the exclusion principle; the discovery of electron spin; the discovery of the Fermi-Dirac statistics. Volume 2: Werner Heisenberg and the birth of quantum mechanics; "the golden age of theoretical physics" - PAM Dirac's scientific work from 1924 to 1933; Erwin Schrodinger and the rise of wave mechanics 1 -Schrodinger's scientific work before the creation of wave mechanics; Erwin Schrodinger and the rise of wave mechanics 2 -the creation of wave mechanics; Erwin Schrodinger and the rise of wave mechanics 3 - early response and applications; Niels Bohr's discussions with Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger - the origins of the principles of uncertainty and complementarity; Eugene Paul Wigner - aspects of his life, work, and personality; Lev Davidovich Landau - some aspects of his life and personality; the origin of quantum field theory; the Solvay conferences of 1927 and 1930 and the consistency debate; relativistic electrons and quantum fields; new elementary particles in nuclear and cosmic-ray physics; between hope and despair - quantum electrodynamics in the 1930s; universal nuclear forces and Yukawa's new intermediate mass particle (1933-1937); new fields of describing elementary particles, their properties and interactions; energy generation in stars and the origins of nuclear fission; the Einstein-Bohr debate on the completion of quantum mechanics and its description of reality (1931-1936); the quantum principle - its interpretation and epistemology; the dream of Leonardo da Vinci.
Responsibility: Jagdish Mehra.


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