Analogies in Physics and Life: A Scientific Autobiography

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This book discusses a series of analogy effects in subatomic physics, the prediction and theory of which the author has contributed to in the last 50 years. These phenomena are presented at a level accessible to the non-specialist, without formulae but with emphasis on the personal and historical background: memoirs of meetings, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and colleagues. As such, besides its scientific aspects, the book constitutes an absorbing witness account of a holocaust survivor who ...
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Overview

This book discusses a series of analogy effects in subatomic physics, the prediction and theory of which the author has contributed to in the last 50 years. These phenomena are presented at a level accessible to the non-specialist, without formulae but with emphasis on the personal and historical background: memoirs of meetings, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and colleagues. As such, besides its scientific aspects, the book constitutes an absorbing witness account of a holocaust survivor who subsequently illegally crossed the Iron Curtain to escape communist persecution.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789812704719
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The Wandering Years (1930-1974) 1

Sect. I Czernowitz, a City of People and Books that No Longer Exists (1930-1945) 3

Ch. 1 Childhood 5

Ch. 2 Politics - Premonition of War 21

Ch. 3 War - The Ghetto 27

Sect. II Post-War Romania; The Isomeric Shift; Persona Non Grata (1945-1969) 31

Ch. 4 High School and University 33

Ch. 5 The Isomeric Shift on Spectral Lines 47

Ch. 6 Persona Non Grata 70

Ch. 7 Challenging Conventional Wisdom in Particle Physics 84

Ch. 8 Nazi-Communist Analogy 100

Sect. III Geneva, Bonn; Statistical Concepts in High-Energy Physics (1969-1974) 105

Ch. 9 CERN 107

Ch. 10 Statistical Concepts in High-Energy Physics; Phase Transitions 123

Sect. IV Bonn, Bloomington (Indiana), London; Superfluidity of Hadronic Matter (1970-1974) 129

Ch. 11 Bonn 131

Ch. 12 USA 138

Ch. 13 London, Imperial College 151

Pt. II Settling Years (1974-Present) 169

Sect. V Marburg; Hot Spots 171

Ch. 14 Professor at the Philipps University of Marburg 173

Ch. 15 Hot Spots in "Elementary" Particles and in Nuclei 182

Sect. VI Germany's Coping with the Past; The Hydrodynamical Analogy 195

Ch. 16 Rewriting History 197

Ch. 17 From Superfluids to Fluids; The Hydrodynamical Analogy Applied to Multiparticle Production in Strong Interactions 210

Sect. VII Einstein in Marburg; Solitons; The Auschwitz "Experiments" 225

Ch. 18 Einstein Criticized in a Marburg Colloquium 227

Ch. 19 From Hot Spots to Solitons - On Revient Toujours au Vieil Amour 246

Ch. 20 Caught Up Again by the Past 252

Sect. VIII From Optics to Particle Physics; Traveling to the East 257

Ch. 21 Quantum Optical Analogies and Methods in Strong Interactions High-Energy Physics 259

Ch. 22Bose-Einstein Correlations 265

Ch. 23 Order and Chaos 276

Ch. 24 Traveling to the East 291

Sect. IX From Germany to France; Quark-Gluon Plasma; A Literary Intermezzo; Reflections (1995-Present) 295

Ch. 25 Moving to Paris 297

Ch. 26 France Versus Germany, Personal Impressions 300

Sect. X Quark-Gluon Plasma; A Literary Intermezzo; Reflections 325

Ch. 27 Quark-Gluon Plasma, Another Old Love 327

Ch. 28 Evidence for Quark-Gluon Plasma from Particle Physics 334

Ch. 29 Evidence for Quark-Gluon Plasma from Heavy Ion Reactions 344

Ch. 30 A Literary Intermezzo: The Mini-Atom Project 353

Ch. 31 Reflections 356

List of Publications 368

Notes and References 383

Index 395

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