Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger


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Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger by Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Milton, Kimball A. Milton

This is the first biography ever written on the distinguished physicist Julian Schwinger. Schwinger was one of the most important and influential scientists of the twentieth century. The list of his contributions is staggering, from his early work leading to the Schwinger action principle, Euclidean quantum field theory, and the genesis of the standard model, to later valuable work on magnetic charge and the Casimir effect. He also shared the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics with Richard Feynman. However, even among physicists, understanding and recognition of his work remains limited. This book by Mehra and Milton, both of whom were personally acquainted with Schwinger, presents a unique portrait that sheds light on both his personality and his work through discussion of his lasting influence on science. Anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of one of the great physicists of this century needs to read this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198527459
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2003
Pages: 696
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jagdish Mehra has been University Distinguished Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the University of Houston, Texas for many years and also served as UNESCO-Sir Julian Huxley Distinguished Professor of Physics and The History of Science at Trieste and Paris. He has published extensively on the historical and conceptual development of modern physics and is the acclaimed biographer of 'The Beat of a Different Drum: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman'. From Spring 1959 until Schwinger's death, Mehra remained his close friend. Kimball A. Milton is Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma, where he leads the theoretical high-energy physics group. He has numerous publications in the field of quantum field theory. He was a student of Julian Schwinger at Harvard and was his postdoctorate associate at UCLA for nearly a decade.

Table of Contents

1. A New York City Childhood
2. Julian Schwinger at Columbia University
3. Schwinger Goes to Berkeley
4. During the Second World War
5. Winding up at the Radiation Lab, Going to Harvard, and Marriage
6. The Development of Quantum Electrodynamics Until 1947: The Historical Background of Julian Schwinger's Work on QED
7. Quantum Electrodynamics and Julian Schwinger's Path to Fame
8. Schwinger, Tomonaga, Feymann, and Dyson: The Triumph of Renormalization
9. Green's Functions and the Dynamical Action Principle
10. The World According to Stern and Gerlach
11. Custodian of Quantum Field Theory
12. Electroweak Unification and Foreshadowing of the Standard Model
13. The Nobel Prize and the Last Years at Harvard
14. Move to UCLA and Continuing Concerns
15. Taking the Road Less Travelled By
16. Diversions of a Gentle Genius
Appendix A: Julian Schwinger - List of Publications
Appendix B: Ph.D. Students of Julian Schwinger

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