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Uber nicht kombinierende terme in der neueren quantentheorie.

WIGNER, Eugene Paul, (1902-1995).

Published by Julius Springer, 1926., In: Zeitschrift fur physik, 40; Berlin:, 1926
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8vo. pp. 492-500. Navy cloth, gilt stamped spine. Ex library Carnegie Institution of Washington Mount Wilson Observatory with call number gilt stamped on spine and library blind-stamp on front free end paper. Clean copy, handsomely bound. FINE. RARE. FIRST EDITION. Wigner's paper introduced group theory into quantum mechanics. This a very early paper on the subject, written before Wigner began his main effort in this field, beginning in 1929. Wigner obtained a doctorate in chemical engineering at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin in 1925 and was soon thereafter working in Berlin for Dr. Weissenberg, a crystallographer at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in the fields of x-ray spectroscopy, diffraction, and crystallography. It was Weissenberg who put Wigner to work on group theory. Wigner would later say, "Group theory is physics with some axioms. The axioms tell you what the elements of the group can and cannot do: that every element of the group can be multiplied with every other element; that an "A" and "B," which are valid here, are also valid there. When you venture some way into it though, it becomes a great deal more complex. Group theory was a technique developed by mathematicians. It had been used by physicists years before I came along. But something kept occurring to me: that group theory had rarely been rigorously applied to quantum mechanics." Wigner, Recollections, p. 105, 115-119. Wigner's application of group theory to quantum mechanics made his early reputation. Wigner won the Nobel Prize in 1963 for his contribution to the theory of the atomic nucleus and elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles. Asimov, Biographical encyclopedia, 1260; Pais, Inward bound, pp. 265-266; Wigner, Recollections, p. 105, 115-119. Bookseller Inventory # S1373

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Title: Uber nicht kombinierende terme in der ...

Publisher: Julius Springer, 1926., In: Zeitschrift fur physik, 40; Berlin:

Publication Date: 1926

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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