Selected Papers of Abdus Salam (with Commentary)

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This is a selection from over 250 papers published by Abdus Salam. Professor Salam has been Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London and Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, for which he was largely responsible for creating. He is one of the most distinguished theoretical physicists of his generation and won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1979 for his work on the unification of electromagnetic and weak interactions. He is well known for his deep interest in the development of scientific research in the third world (to which ICTP is devoted) and has taken a leading part in setting up the Third World Academy. His research work has ranged widely over quantum field theory and all aspects of the theory of elementary particles and more recently into other fields, including high-temperature superconductivity and theoretical biology. The papers selected represent a cross section of his work covering the entire period of 50 years from his student days to the present.

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A Problem of Ramanujam 6
Overlapping Divergences and the S-Matrix 8
The Renormalization of Meson Theories 19
Divergent Integrals in Renormalizable Field Theories 23
Renormalized S-Matrix for Scalar Electrodynamics 29
Fredholm Theory of Scattering in a Given Time-Dependent Field 43
Covariant Fock Equations 49
Renormalization 56
The Bound State Representation 63
On the Relativistic Equation for Scattering 73
On Generalized Dispersion Relations. I 79
On Generalized Dispersion Relations. II 85
Relativistic Field Theory of Unstable Particles 90
Relativistic Theory of Unstable Particles. II 95
Nonleptonic Decay Modes of the Hyperons 101
Change of Variables and Equivalence Theorems in Quantum Field Theories 103
Renormalizable Electrodynamics of Vector Mesons 124
Momentum-Space Behavior of Integrals in Nonpolynomial Lagrangian Theories 128
Comment on the Computation of Effective Potentials 145
On the Classification of Fundamental Particles 161
On Parity Conservation and Neutrino Mass 167
On Fermi Interactions 170
On Symmetries of Weak Interactions 175
Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions 183
[Delta]I = 1/2 Rule 193
On a Gauge Theory of Elementary Interactions 195
Isotopic Spin Relations in Hyperon Production 201
Broken Symmetries 204
Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions 210
Relativistic Structure of SU(6) 214
The Covariant Theory of Strong Interaction Symmetries 218
Harmonic Analysis in Terms of the Homogeneous Lorentz Group 231
Reggeization of Quark Number 234
Weak and Electromagnetic Interactions 244
Finite-Component Field Representations of the Conformal Group 255
Nonlinear Realizations. I. The Role of Goldstone Bosons 284
Transition to CP Conservation and Zero Cabibbo Angle in Strong Magnetic Fields 294
Intensity-Dependent Mass Shift and Symmetry Breaking 297
Gauge Unification of Fundamental Forces 306
Unified Lepton-Hadron Symmetry and a Gauge Theory of the Basic Interactions 327
Is Baryon Number Conserved? 339
Lepton Number as the Fourth "Color" 343
Neutral-Current Phenomena within the Left-Right-Symmetric Unified Theory of Quarks and Leptons 358
The Moon as the Searching Ground for Proton Decay 378
Infinity Suppression in Gravity-Modified Quantum Electrodynamics 389
The Gravitational Correction to PCAC 402
Super-Gauge Transformations 404
Unitary Representations of Super-Gauge Symmetries 410
On Goldstone Fermions 417
Supersymmetry and Non-Abelian Gauges 420
Superfields and Fermi-Bose Symmetry 423
Feynman Rules for Superfields 438
Black Holes as Solitons 449
On Kaluza-Klein Theory 451
Spontaneous Compactification in Six-Dimensional Einstein-Maxwell Theory 488
Instanton Induced Compactification and Fermion Chirality 510
An Anomaly-Free Model in Six Dimensions 515
Locally Supersymmetric [sigma]-Model with Wess-Zumino Term in Two Dimensions and Critical Dimensions for Strings 521
[sigma]-Models and String Theories 541
On Kaluza-Klein Cosmology 568
Chern-Simons Superconductivity at Finite Temperature 575
Anyons and Chern-Simons Theory on Compact Spaces of Finite Genus 620
The Role of Chirality in the Origin of Life 626
Chirality, Phase Transitions and Their Induction in Amino Acids 635
Generalized Spin Systems and [sigma]-Models 643
Biodata 659
List of Publications in Chronological Order 663
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