Description - Master of Modern Physics by D. Ter Haar
The Dutch scientist Hendrik Kramers (1894-1952) was one of the greatest theoretical physicists of the 20th century - and one of a mere handful who have made major contributions across the whole field. Physicists know his name from, among other things, the Kramers dispersion theory, the Kramers-Heisenberg dispersion theory, the Kramers opacity formula, the Kramers degeneracy, and the Kramers-Kronig relations. In this book, D. ter Haar presents a comprehensive discussion of Kramers's scientific work, and reprints 12 of his most important papers. The author seeks to show us that Kramers's diverse work makes him at least the equal of such celebrated physicists as Fermi and Landau. He takes us through Kramers's research in such subjects as quantum theory, quantum electrodynamics, statistical mechanics, and solid-state physics. The papers he reprints include Kramers's derivation of the dispersion formulae that led to Heisenberg's matrix mechanics; his paper on the Brownian-motion approach to chemical reactions; a paper on polymers; and a paper on renormalization, a concept first intorduced by Kramers and now one of the basic ideas of modern field theory.
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(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Princeton University Press
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