Enrico Fermi: The Obedient Genius (Springer Biographies)

This biography explores the lifestyles and profession of the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi, that's additionally the tale of thirty years that remodeled physics and perpetually replaced our realizing of subject and the universe: nuclear physics and common particle physics have been born, nuclear fission was once came upon, the ny undertaking was once built, the atomic bombs have been dropped, and the period of “big technological know-how” began.
It will be most unlikely to trap the complete essence of this progressive interval with no first figuring out Fermi, with no whom it'll now not were possible.
Enrico Fermi: The Obedient Genius makes an attempt to make clear all features of Fermi’s lifestyles - his paintings, motivation, affects, achievements, and private ideas - starting with the book of his first paper in 1921 via his demise in 1954. in this time, Fermi proven that he used to be certainly following within the footsteps of Galileo, excelling in his paintings either theoretically and experimentally via deepening our knowing of the Pauli exclusion precept, successful the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the basic houses of gradual neutrons, constructing the idea of beta decay, development the 1st nuclear reactor, and enjoying a imperative function within the improvement of the atomic bomb. Interwoven with this interesting tale, the booklet info the foremost advancements in physics and gives the mandatory history fabric to totally enjoy the dramatic alterations that have been taking place.
Also integrated are appendices that supply a timeline of Fermi’s lifestyles, a number of fundamental resource records from the interval, and an in depth bibliography. This publication will enlighten someone attracted to Fermi’s paintings or the clinical occasions that resulted in the physics revolution of the 1st 1/2 the 20th century.

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259 A Chronologies .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 A. 1 Chronology of Fermi’s existence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 263 B files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. 1 Pauli’s neutrino speculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. 2 Albert Einstein’s letter to Roosevelt and Roosevelt’s solution (1939) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. three battle division liberate on New Mexico try, July sixteen, 1945 . . . . . . . B. four Fermi and the secrecy challenge (1954) .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. five Physics at Columbia college (the genesis of the nuclear strength project).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. 6 T. D. Lee. memory of Chicago days . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C heritage fabric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 1 Newtonian mechanics; inertial and gravitational mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 2 Curved area: the unusual worlds of Flatland and Spheriland . . . . . . C. three ˛ particle scattering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. four Planck’s consistent and the start of the wave-particle duality . . . . . . . . C. five The electron spin and the exclusion precept . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 6 The isotopic structure of the weather . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 7 The uncertainty family members and the complementarity precept .. . . . . . C. eight Quantum electrodynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. nine Electromagnetic mass and electron dynamics . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 10 The adiabatic precept and OQT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. eleven The hyperfine buildings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 12 Particle accelerators and detection strategies .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 12. 1 Accelerators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. 12. 2 Particle detectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. thirteen Divergencies in quantum box concept and the renormalization programme.. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 283 285 288 293 294 297 301 301 302 303 304 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 314 317 318 D Enrico Fermi’s bibliography .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 321 writer Index.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335 topic Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 343 Chapter 1 The final Galilean Galileo’s research of nature, according to a deep interaction among “sensible reports” and “certain proofs,” has been a foundational passage within the historical past of recent technology. The empirical and the rational points of the medical research correspond to 2 varied figures of researchers: the experimentalist and the theorist. Enrico Fermi belonged to the final iteration of scientists within which the 2 attitudes may possibly coexist. these days, the better arithmetic wanted in theoretical examine and the increasingly more subtle instrumentation utilized in experiments require an severe specialization and can't be mastered by way of an identical individual.

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