Ettore Majorana: Unpublished Research Notes on Theoretical Physics

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ISBN-13:
9781402091131
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.12.2008
Seiten:
451
Autor:
Salvatore Esposito
Gewicht:
938 g
Format:
241x159x35 mm
Serie:
159, Fundamental Theories of Physics
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

The career of Ettore Majorana, who had an astounding talent for Physics, was cut short in 1938 when he mysteriously disappeared at the age of 32, leaving many unpublished works. This book makes these works accessible to the general audience.
An insight into the beautiful mind of the enigmatic physicist, Ettore Majorana
I.- Dirac Theory.- Quantum Electrodynamics.- II.- Atomic Physics.- Molecular Physics.- Statistical Mechanics.- III.- The Theory of Scattering.- Nuclear Physics.- IV.- Classical Physics.- Mathematical Physics.
Without listing his works, all of which are highly notable both for the originality of the methods utilized as well as for the importance of the results achieved, we limit ourselves to the following: Inmodernnucleartheories, thecontributionmadebythisresearcher to the introduction of the forces called 'Majorana forces' is universally recognized as the one, among the most fundamental, that permits us to theoretically comprehend the reasons for nuclear stability. The work of Majorana today serves as a basis for the most important research in this ?eld. In atomic physics, the merit of having resolved some of the most - tricate questions on the structure of spectra through simple and elegant considerations of symmetry is due to Majorana. Lastly, he devised a brilliant method that permits us to treat the positive and negative electron in a symmetrical way, ?nally elimin- ing the necessity to rely on the extremely arti?cial and unsatisfactory hypothesis of an in?nitely large electrical charge di?used in space, a question that had been tackled in vain by many other scholars [4].

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