Hans A Bethe received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1967 for his work on the production of energy in stars. A living legend among the physics community, he helped to shape classical physics into quantum physics and increased the understanding of the atomic processes responsible for the properties of matter and of the forces governing the structures of atomic nuclei.This collection of papers by Prof Bethe dates from 1928, when he received his PhD, to now. It covers several areas and reflects the many contributions in research and discovery made by one of the most important and eminent physicists of all time. Special commentaries have been written by Prof Bethe to complement the selected papers.
Energy level splitting in crystals; the electron affinity of hydrogen; stopping power of matter for fast electric particles; eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of a linear chain of atoms; on the quantum theory of the temperature of absolute zero; the neutrino; quantum theory of the diplon; the scattering of neutrons by protons; statistical theory of superlattices; masses of light atoms; maximum energy obtainable from the cyclotron; approach to equilibrium in shock waves; formation of deuterons by proton combination; energy production in stars; the electromagnetic shift of energy levels; theory of the effective range in nuclear scattering; nuclear many-body problem; effect of a repulsive core in the theory of complex nuclei; neutron star matter; neutron star models with realistic high-density equations of state; equations of state in the gravitational collapse of stars; equation of state of a very hot gas of electrons and neutrinos; the supernova shock; and other papers.