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.
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Jagdish Mehra is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Houston, Texas, and recently served as the UNESCO-Sir Julian Huxley Distinguished Professor of Physics and the History of Science with UNESCO in Paris and Trieste. He is the author of The Beat of a Different Drum: A Scientific Biography of Richard Feynman. Kimball Milton is Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma.Review:
"Julian Schwinger deserves to be remembered as a great scientist for his many brilliant scientific achievements. We are very lucky to have this authentic portrait of Schwinger by Jagdish Mehra (with Kimball A. Milton), to balance Mehra's biography of Feynman [The Beat of a Different Drum, Oxford, 1994]; in it we see Schwinger as he was, a many-sided genius a human being with very great gifts."--Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110198506589
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0198506589