The Birth of Particle Physics

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Editors Laurie Brown and Lillian Hoddeson have brought together a distinctive collection of essays, discussions, and personal descriptions of the evolution of particle physics based on the presentations and discussions at the May 1980 International Symposium on the History of Particle Physics, held at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. This collection focuses primarily on the development of cosmic-ray physics and quantum field theory in the 1930s and 1940s, before the advent of the great postwar accelerators, and draws on research conducted in the United States, Italy, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, France, and the USSR.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521338370
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/1986
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. The birth of elementary particle physics: 1930–1950 Laurie M. Brown and Lillian Hoddeson; Part II. Theoretical Underpinnings: 2. The origin of quantum field theory Paul A. M. Dirac; 3. Growing up with field theory: the development of quantum electrodynamics Victor F. Weisskopf; 4. The development of meson physics in Japan Satio Hayakawa; Part III. Discoveries of Particles: 5. The early stage of cosmic-ray particle research Dmitry Skobeltzyn; 6. Some reminiscences of the early days of cosmic rays H. Victor Neher; 7. Unraveling the particle content of cosmic rays Carl D. Anderson with Herbert L. Anderson; 8. The intriguing history of the μ meson Gilberto Bermardini; 9. Some aspects of French physics in the 1930s Pierre V. Auger; 10. The scientific activities of Leprince-Ringuet and his group on cosmic rays: 1933–1953 Louis Leprince-Ringuet; 11. The decay of 'mesotrons' (1939–1943): experimental particle physics in the age of innocence Bruno B. Rossi; 12. Particle physics in the 1930s: a view from Berkeley Robert Serber; 13. The observation of the leptronic nature of the 'mesotron' by Conversi, Pancini and Piccioni Oreste Piccioni; 14. The period that led to the 1946 discovery of the leptronic nature of the 'mesotron' Marcello Conversi; 15. On the discovery of the neutral kaons Robert W. Thompson; Part IV. Discussion and Commentary: 16. First round-table discussion Roger H. Stuewer, Robert W. Seidel, Donald F. Moyer, Victor F. Weisskopf; Gilberto Bernardini, Silvan S. Schweber, Paul A. M. Dirac and Herbert L. Anderson; 17. Second round-table discussion Spencer R. Weart, Takehiko Takabayasi, Satio Hayakawa, Charles Weiner, Bruno B. Rossi, Robert Serber, M. G. K. Menon and Dudley Shapere; 18. Some characteristic aspects of early elementary particle theory in Japan Takehiko Takabayasi; Part V. A New Picture: 19. My work in meso physics with nuclear emulsions Cesare Mansueto Giulio Lattes; 20. The fine structure of hydrogen Willis E. Lamb; 21. Renmormalization theory of quantum electrodynamics: an individual view Julian Schwinger; 22. Two shakers of physics: memorial lecture for Sin-itiro Tomonaga Julian Schwinger; 23. Particle physics in rapid transition: 1947–1952 Robert E. Marshak; Indices.

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