H.A. Kramers Between Tradition and Revolution

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Springer Science & Business Media, 6 de des. 2012 - 563 pàgines
It is now a little more than 11 years since the idea of writing a personal and scientific biography of H. A. Kramers took hold of me. A few days earlier I had been lecturing, in a course on field theory, on the renormalization proce dures of relativistic quantum field theory. Since the students had considerable trouble understanding the physical basis of the procedure, at the end of the lecture T explained that renormalization is not an exclusive quantum or relativistic procedure. A careful treatment of classical electron theory as started by Lorentz and developed in detail by Kramers also requires re normalization. The students appeared quite interested and I promised them that I would explain all this in more detail in the next lecture. I could have looked up this material in Kramers' book, but I remembered that Kramers had stressed this idea in a course I had attended in Leiden in 1938-1939. I did dig up some of these old notes and, although they were considerably less transparent than my recollection seemed to indicate, they reminded me force fully of the thrilling days I had spent in Leiden with Kramers. Kramers' deep insight and originality were apparent even when distorted by my opaque notes. The students had never heard of these ideas of Kramers' and were totally unaware of his work in field theory.
 

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Continguts

Chapter 1
3
Chapter
17
Pauli and Heisenberg
34
Chapter 9
56
Notes for Part 1
79
Chapter 10
87
The Arnhem Interlude
94
The Initial Contacts Between Kramers and Bohr
100
94
370
Shelter Island and Solvay
372
100
379
102
394
132
404
The Postponed Recognition
410
159
413
Notes for Part 3
433

The Thesis
107
How Parsimonious the Emotions?
114
The Virtual Encounter of Kramers and Heisenberg
124
The Gospel According to Kramers and Holst
132
Chapter 13
139
The BohrKramersSlater Theory
151
The Changing of the Guard
215
Chapter 14
289
Conclusions
295
Chapter 15
310
The Scope of Kramers Activities
319
i
325
Conflict or Harmony?
439
Elements of Kramers Scientific Style
461
Personal Matters
470
Chapter 18
488
The War and Its Aftermath
498
Chapter 19
506
What Is an Ideal Scientific Biography?
512
Chapter 20
536
Poems
542
Index 553
552
171
554
Copyright

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