Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Wissenschaftlicher Briefwechsel mit Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg u.a. / Scientific Correspondence with Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg a.o.

Band IV, Teil II: 1953–1954 / Volume IV, Part II: 1953–1954

Authors: Pauli, Wolfgang

Editors: Meyenn, Karl von (Hrsg.)

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Aus Paulis letztem Lebensjahrzehnt sind über 2000 Briefe erhalten und in diesem grundlegenden Werk zur Physikgeschichte der Nachkriegszeit zusammengefaßt. Neben der Physik wird hier auch der allgemeinere geistesgeschichtliche Hintergrund unserer Naturwissenschaft beleuchtet. Dieser Teilband enthält wissenschaftliche Korrespondez über grundlegende und andere allgemeine Fragen der Physik der 50er Jahre: Elementarteilchen, Erkenntnistheorie und Quantenfeldtheorie. Im besonderen wird hier die Geschichte der frühen Quantenfeldtheorie beleuchtet. Die reich annotierten und kommentierten Briefe sind chronologisch angeordnet und durch Verzeichnisse und Register erschlossen.
From the last decade of Paulis life, more than 2000 of his letters have survived. Together they represent a remarkable contribution to the history of post-war physics. In addition to discussing questions of physics they provide illuminating insights into debates on the philosophical and human components of the history of science. This part of Volume IV contains scientific correspondence on foundational and other general problems of physics in the 1950s: elementary particles, epistemology, and quantum field theory. In particular, one can clearly trace the development of the early quantum field theory. Generous annotations and commentary accompany the letters, which are ordered chronologically and listed in registers and an index for easy access.

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"The volume is exemplary documented and annotated. It makes up an essential source not only for the history of theoretical physics but also for the history of twentieth-century culture in general." (H. Kragh, Centaurus, 2000)

"The correspondence offers comprehensive insight into the state of the theoretical concepts of quantum field theory before the introduction of the theory of electro-weak interaction and immediately before the proof of parity non-conservation during radioactive decay. In retrospect, the discussions between Pauli and Heisenberg, which initially appeared to lead to a joint unification formula, are an important chapter in the history of physics." (Mathematical Reviews 2001h)


Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • Das Jahr 1953 Turin-Konferenz und Lorentz-Kamerlingh Onnes-Konferenz: Nichtlokale Feldtheorie und Isotopenspinraum

    Pauli, Wolfgang

    Pages 1-417

  • Das Jahr 1954 USA-Aufenthalt, Züricher Philosophenkongreß und Rydberg-Konferenz: CPT-Invarianz und Lee-Modell

    Pauli, Wolfgang

    Pages 419-957

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wissenschaftlicher Briefwechsel mit Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg u.a. / Scientific Correspondence with Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg a.o.
Book Subtitle
Band IV, Teil II: 1953–1954 / Volume IV, Part II: 1953–1954
Authors
Editors
  • Karl von Meyenn
Series Title
Sources in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Series Volume
15
Copyright
1999
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-78804-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-78804-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-64312-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-30851-6
Series ISSN
0172-6315
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 1100
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