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Schweber, S. S. (Silvan S.)

Works: 55 works in 250 publications in 3 languages and 8,851 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: QC16.E5, 172.422
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In the shadow of the bomb : Bethe, Oppenheimer, and the moral responsibility of the scientist by S. S Schweber( Book )
20 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 1,041 libraries worldwide
In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists-J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe-came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the United States dropped the bomb, and physicists were forced to contemplate disquieting questions about their roles and responsibilities. When the Cold War followed, they were confronted with political demands for their loyalty and McCarthyism's threats to academic freedom. By examining how Bethe and Oppenheimer-two men with similar backgrounds but divergent aspirations and characters-struggled with these moral dilemmas, one of our foremost historians of physics tells the story of modern physics, the development of atomic weapons, and the Cold War. Narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists, came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. "Schweber deals with the political involvements and ethical responsibilities of physicists in and after World War II in a new way and takes up themes and events that have not been dealt with in detail, or at all, in other works. The book is a study in parallel lives, and, as Schweber points out, there are just enough of both similarities and differences in the backgrounds of Oppenheimer and Bethe to make a comparison of their almost-parallel lives meaningful and rewarding. I consider the work to be important as well as very readable."--Helge Kragh, author of Quantum Generations
Einstein and Oppenheimer : the meaning of genius by S. S Schweber( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 928 libraries worldwide
"Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer, two iconic scientists of the twentieth century, belonged to different generations, with the boundary marked by the advent of quantum mechanics. By exploring how these men differed - in their worldview, in their work, and in their day - this book provides powerful insights into the lives of two critical figures and into the scientific culture of their times. In Einstein's and Oppenheimer's philosophical and ethical beliefs, their ethnic and cultural identifications, their opinions on the unification of physics, even the position of Buddhist detachment in their lives, the book traces the broader issues that have shaped science and the world." "Einstein is invariably seen as a lone and singular genius, while Oppenheimer is generally viewed in a particular scientific, political, and historical context. Silvan Schweber considers the circumstances behind this perception, in Einstein's coherent and consistent self-image and in Oppenheimer's contrasting lack of certainty and related non-belief in a unitary, ultimate theory. Of greater importance, perhaps, is the role that timing and chance seem to have played in the two scientists' contrasting characters and accomplishments - with Einstein's having the advantage of maturing at a propitious time for theoretical physics, when the Newtonian framework was showing weaknesses." "Bringing to light little-examined aspects of these lives, Schweber expands our understanding of two great figures of twentieth-century physics - but also our sense of what such greatness means, in personal, scientific, and cultural terms"--Jacket
An introduction to relativistic quantum field theory by S. S Schweber( Book )
66 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 827 libraries worldwide
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QED and the men who made it : Dyson, Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga by S. S Schweber( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2011 in English and held by 686 libraries worldwide
"In the 1930s, physics was in a crisis. There appeared to be no way to reconcile the new theory of quantum mechanics with Einstein's theory of relativity. In the post-World War II period, four eminent physicists rose to the challenge and developed a calculable version of quantum electrodynamics (QED). This formulation of QED was pioneered by Freeman Dyson, Richard Feynman, Julian Schwinger, and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, three of whom won the Nobel Prize for their work. Schweber begins with an account of the early work done by physicists such as Dirac and Jordan, and describes the gathering of eminent theorists at Shelter Island in 1947. The rest of his narrative comprises individual biographies of the four physicists, discussions of their major contributions, and the story of the scientific community in which they worked"--Publisher's description
Einstein for the 21st century : his legacy in science, art, and modern culture ( Book )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 582 libraries worldwide
"More than fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein's vital engagement with the world continues to inspire others, spurring conversations, projects, and research, in the sciences as well as the humanities. Einstein for the 21st Century shows us why he remains a figure of fascination." "In this wide-ranging collection, eminent artists, historians, scientists, and social scientists describe Einstein's influence on their work, and consider his relevance for the future. Scientists discuss how Einstein's vision continues to motivate them, whether in their quest for a fundamental description of nature or in their investigations in chaos theory; art scholars and artists explore his ties to modern aesthetics; a music historian probes Einstein's musical tastes and relates them to his outlook in science; historians explore the interconnections between Einstein's politics, physics, and philosophy; and other contributors examine his impact on the innovations of our time. Uniquely cross-disciplinary, Einstein for the 21st Century serves as a testament to his legacy and speaks to everyone with an interest in his work."--Jacket
Mesons and fields by S. S Schweber( Book )
16 editions published between 1955 and 1967 in English and held by 385 libraries worldwide
Nuclear forces : the making of the physicist Hans Bethe by S. S Schweber( Book )
16 editions published in 2012 in 3 languages and held by 323 libraries worldwide
Main description: What drove Nobel-winning physicist Hans Bethe, head of Theoretical Physics at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, to later renounce the weaponry he had worked so tirelessly to create? That is one of the questions answered by Nuclear Forces, a riveting biography of Bethe's early life and development as both a scientist and a man of principle
Elementary particle physics and scattering theory by Brandeis University Summer Institute in Theoretical Physics( Book )
15 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 260 libraries worldwide
Mesons : Hans A. Bethe ; Frederic de Hoffmann by S. S Schweber( Book )
31 editions published between 1955 and 1965 in English and Undetermined and held by 82 libraries worldwide
Aspects of the life and thought of Sir John Frederick Herschel by John F. W Herschel( Book )
4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Quantum physics made relatively simple personal and historical perspectives of Hans Bethe ( visu )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
In 1999, legendary theoretical physicist Hans Bethe delivered three lectures on quantum theory to his neighbors at the Kendal of Ithaca retirement community near Cornell University. Given by Professor Bethe at age 93, the lectures are presented here as QuickTime videos synchronized with slides of his talking points and archival material
Positioning the history of science by Kōstas Gavroglou( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 6 libraries worldwide
The present volume, compiled in honor of an outstanding historian of science, physicist and exceptional human being, Sam Schweber, is unique in assembling a broad spectrum of positions on the history of science by some of its leading representatives. Readers will find it illuminating to learn how prominent authors judge the current status and the future perspectives of their field. Students will find this volume helpful as a guide in a fragmented field that continues to be dominated by idiosyncratic expertise and that still lacks a methodical canon. The essays were written in response to our invitation to explicate the views of the authors concerning the state of the history of science today and the issues we felt are related to its future. Although not all the scholars invited to write have contributed an essay, this volume can nevertheless be considered as a rather comprehensive survey of the present state of the history of science. All the papers collected here reflect in one way or another the strong influence Sam Schweber exerted during the past decades in his gentle way, on the history of science as well as on the lives of many of its protagonists worldwide. All who have had the opportunity of encountering him have benefited from his advice, benevolence, and friendship. Sam Schweber{u2019}s intellectual taste, his passion for knowledge, and his erudition are all encompassing. It, therefore, seemed fitting to honor him with a collection of essays of comparable breadth; nothing less would suffice
Shelter Island, Pocono, and Oldstone : the emergence of American quantum electrodynamics after World War II by S. S Schweber( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 5 libraries worldwide
Mezony i polja / perevod s anglijskogo V.N. Bajera, S.P. Bakanova i A.A. Ruhadze. Pod red. I.E. Tamma by S. S Schweber( Book )
4 editions published in 1957 in Russian and held by 4 libraries worldwide
The quantum dissidents : rebuilding the foundations of quantum mechanics (1950-1990) by Olival Freire Junior( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
"This book tells the fascinating story of the people and events behind the turbulent changes in attitudes to quantum theory in the second half of the 20th century. The huge success of quantum mechanics as a predictive theory has been accompanied, from the very beginning, by doubts and controversy about its foundations and interpretation. This book looks in detail at how research on foundations evolved after WWII, when it was revived, until the mid 1990s, when most of this research merged into the technological promise of quantum information. It is the story of the quantum dissidents, the scientists who brought this subject from the margins of physics into its mainstream. It is also a history of concepts, experiments, and techniques, and of the relationships between physics and the world at large, touching on themes such as the Cold War, McCarthyism, Zhdanovism, and the unrest of the late 1960s"--Back cover
The rise of the standard model : particle physics in the 1960s and 1970s by Lillian Hoddeson( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Based on a conference held at Stanford University, this is the third volume of a series recounting the history of particle physics and offers the most up-to-date account of the rise of the Standard Model, which explains the microstructure of the world in terms of quarks and leptons and their interactions. The wide-ranging articles explore the detailed scientific experiments, the institutional settings in which they took place, and the ways in which the many details of the puzzle fit together to account for the Standard Model
Some chapters for a history of quantum field theory, 1938-1952 by S. S Schweber( Book )
1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Relativistic quantum theory by S. S Schweber( Book )
2 editions published in 1959 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Schweber, S. S.
Schweber, S. S. 1928-
Schweber, Sam
Schweber, Silvan S.
Schweber, Silvan S., 1928-
Schweber, Silvan Samuel 1928-
Shveber, S.
Shveber, S., 1928-
Silvan S. Schweber American physicist
Silvan S. Schweber Amerikaans natuurkundige
Silvan S. Schweber US-amerikanischer Physiker
Šveber, S.
Šveber, S. 1928-
슈위버, 실번 S. 1928 or 1929-
English (201)
Russian (9)
German (1)
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