Analogies in Physics and Life: A Scientific Autobiography
By: Richard M. Weiner (author)Paperback
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Analogies play a fundamental role in science. To understand how and why, at a given moment, a certain analogy was used, one has to know the specific, historical circumstances under which the new idea was developed. This historical background is never presented in scientific articles and quite rarely in books. For the general reader, the undergraduate or graduate student who learns the subject for the first time, but also for the practitioner who looks for inspiration or who wants to understand what his colleague working in another field does, these historical circumstances can be fascinating and useful.This book discusses a series of analogy effects in subatomic physics, the prediction and theory of which the author has contributed to in the last 50 years. These phenomena are presented at a level accessible to the non-specialist, without formulae but with emphasis on the personal and historical background: memoirs of meetings, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and colleagues.
As such, besides its scientific aspects, the book constitutes an absorbing witness account of a holocaust survivor who subsequently illegally crossed the Iron Curtain to escape communist persecution.
1930-1945: My Countries, My Languages, My Family; Premonition of War; Nazism versus Communism; 1945-1969: The Role of Analogy in Science; Prediction of the Isometric Shift; Anticipating Electroweak Unification? Bosonic Leptons: Anticipating Grand Unified Theories?; 1969-1974: CERN; Statistical Concepts in High Energy Physics and Phase Transitions; Bonn: Looking for a Job, Citizenship, Ethnicity; USA: Indiana University - Superfluidity of Hadronic Matter; London: Imperial College - Prediction of Hot Spots in Elementary Particles; 1974-1995: Professor at the Philipps Universitat, Marburg; Hydrodynamics in High-Energy Reactions; Solitons; Anticipating Strongly Interacting Quark Matter; Quantum Optical Analogies in Particle Physics; Bose-Einsten Correlations; Germany Coping with Its Past; The Marburg Einstein scandal; 1995-present: Moving to Paris; Germany versus France; Anti-Semitism; Schools and Religion; and other chapters.
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