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Title Portrait of Gunnar Källén : a physics shooting star and poet of early quantum field theory / Cecilia Jarlskog (editor)
Published Cham : Springer, 2014


Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 631 pages) : illustrations
Contents Youth, Career, Personality, Legacy, Family and Fatal Accident -- Correspondence With Pauli, Heisenberg and Dirac; Källén in Action -- Promotion of Science in His Honor -- On Källéǹs Scientific Work -- Publications, Selected Papers and Commentaries
Part 1. Youth, Career, Personality, Legacy, Family and Fatal Accident -- Bengt Källén: The Childhood and Youth of Gunnar Källén -- As a Young University Student -- Two Men of Utmost Importance: Pauli and Gustafson -- The Young Källén at "Pauli's Court" -- Introducing Himself -- As a Staff Member of the Newborn CERN -- Professorship at Lund University -- Kind to Students Tough on Celebrities, Scientific Honesty and Sharp Tongue -- A Trustworthy and Popular "Helpdesk" -- Making Errors -- Language, Literature, Music and Sports -- Sense of Humor and on Committees -- On Scientific Publications and Journals -- On the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics to Feynman, Schwinger and Tomonaga -- Källén-Schwinger Clash of Personalities -- Källén and Not Richard Feynman But His Diagrams -- On the International Scene -- Källén's Scientific Legacy -- The "Handbook" Article -- R. Stora: Källén's Constant M -- Letter to K. Nishijima -- Källén's Book: "Elementary Particle Physics" -- More on His Book and How It Was Received -- Källén Addresses the Student Union -- As a Teacher and Supervisor -- Young Scientists Supervised by Gunnar Källén -- Bengt E.Y. Svensson: Some Reminiscences of Gunnar Källén as Supervisor -- Karl-Erik Eriksson: Some Reminiscences of Gunnar Källén's Role in Sweden -- Gunnel Källén -- Källén's Last Conference, Vienna 1968 -- Erland Källén: My Father's Passion for Flying and His Mortal Accident -- The Future That Never Came -- Appendix I-A: More on the Källén and Pauli Collections -- Appendix I-B: A Brief Källén Chronology
Part 2. Correspondence With Pauli, Heisenberg and Dirac; Källén in Action -- A Brief Overview of Källén-Pauli Correspondence -- Källén's and Pauli's Views on the Status of Theoretical Physics -- Pauli on Källén's Sharp Tongue and "Nasty Theorems" -- The Last Källén-Pauli Letters -- Wolfgang Pauli on His Friend and Collaborator Werner Heisenberg -- Correspondence With Heisenberg Through Pauli -- On the Work by Heisenberg and Pauli -- I -- On the Work by Heisenberg and Pauli -- II -- On the Work by Heisenberg and Pauli -- III -- Correspondence With Paul Dirac -- A Brief Introduction -- Dirac-Källén Correspondence -- The First Letters -- Dirac-Källén Correspondence -- The Second Letters -- Dirac-Källén Correspondence -- The Third Letters -- Källén and Afaf Sabry -- A.A. Sabry: How it Was to Work With Prof. G. Källén -- Källén and John Toll -- Källén and Arthur Wightman -- At 1955 Moscow Meeting -- The 1956 CERN Symposium -- G. Källén: On the Mathematical Consistency of Quantum Electrodynamics -- At Schladming Winter Schools -- An Introduction -- The 1965 Schladming School and J.D. Bjorken's Recollections -- The Schladming Schools 1966-68 -- Talk at 1961 Solvay Conference -- The Discussions After Källén's Talk at the 1961 Solvay Conference
Part 3. Promotion of Science in His Honor -- The Royal Physiographic Society in Lund and the Gunnar Källén Lectures -- Steven Weinberg: Living With Infinities -- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Nobel Guest Professor -- Källén and the Ettore Majorana Centre in Erice -- The 1969 Lund Conference on Particle Physics -- Christian Møller on Gunnar Källén -- A.S. Wightman: Looking Back at Quantum Field Theory -- On H.A. Kramers, Renormalization, and Nobel Prize -- R. Friedberg and T.D. Lee: A Soluble Model of "Higgs boson" as a Composite
Part 4. On Källén's Scientific Work -- A Brief Background to Källén's Scientific Publications -- Källén's Debut Article with Early Trace of Supersymmetry -- Källén-Yang-Feldman Formalism -- On the Renormalization Constants in Quantum Electrodynamics -- Källén in Schwinger's "Hall of Fame of Quantum Electrodynamics" -- Controversies, Letter to Phys. Rev. Lett. and Recollections of S.G. Gasiorowicz -- Letter to Gasiorowicz -- Källén's Rejected Rebuttal -- Why the Lee Model -- Källén-Pauli Correspondence on the Lee Model -- Early Work on Vertex Function and Rochester Conference 1957 -- A.S. Wightman: Theoretical Physics at the IHÉS -- Some Retrospective Remarks -- Pauli's Complaints about Källén's Work on the n-Point Functions -- Work on Radiative Corrections -- Alberto Sirlin: Källén and Radiative Corrections -- Love for Mathematics -- G. Källén: A Connection Between the Bergman-Weil Integral and the Cauchy Integral
Part 5. Publications, Selected Papers and Commentaries -- List of Publications
Paper [1949]: Higher Approximations in the external field for the Problem of Vacuum Polarization
Paper [1950b]: Mass and charge-renormalizations in quantum electrodynamics without the use of the interaction representation
Paper [1950f]: Formal Integration of the Equations of Quantum Theory in the Heisenberg Representation -- Paper [1952a]: On the Definition of the Renormalization Constants in Quantum Electrodynamics -- Paper [1953a]: Charge Renormalization and the Identity of Ward -- Paper [1953c]: On the Magnitude of the Renormalization Constants in Quantum Electrodynamics -- Paper [1955a]: Fourth Order Vacuum Polarization -- Paper [1955b]: On the Mathematical Structure of T.D. Lee's Model of a Renormalizable Field Theory -- Additional Commentaries -- Commentaries on Papers from the Period 1950-1953 -- Commentaries on Papers from the Period 1954-1961 -- Commentaries on Papers from the Period 1962-1968
Summary Wolfgang Pauli referred to him as 'my discovery, ' Robert Oppenheimer described him as 'one of the most gifted theorists' and Niels Bohr found him enormously stimulating. Who was the man in question, Gunnar Källén (1926-1968)? His appearance in the physics sky was like a shooting star. His contributions to the scientific debate caused excitement among young and old. Similar to his friend and mentor, Wolfgang Pauli, he demanded honesty and rigor in physics - a distinct dividing line between fact and speculation. In his obituary, Arthur S. Wightman would write: 'Gunnar Källén was a proud continuer of the tradition in quantum field theory established by Wolfgang Pauli. His papers on quantum electrodynamics in the period 1950-1954 carried the non-perturbative approach to quantum electrodynamics forward to a point beyond which very little essential progress has been made up to the present day. At the time I was trying to puzzle out the grammar of the language of quantum field theory, and here was Källén already writing poetry in the language!'. In addition to being a remarkable scientist, Källén had a very interesting personality, well worth exploring. In her book, physicist Cecilia Jarlskog traces both the personal and scientific trajectory of this unsung hero of the early days of high-energy physics and quantum field theory. A number of invited contributions by members of the Källén family and distinguished researchers from the field, all of them personally acquainted with Källén, combine to form an authentic portrait of the researcher and the man. Last but not least, the reader will become acquainted with some aspects of the history of particle physics in those days, as related by Källén and those who corresponded with him. A commented selection of his most important and not easily accessible papers is included as an added bonus for specialists
Analysis mathematische natuurkunde
mathematical physics
quantum theory
Physics (General)
Fysica (algemeen)
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed October 28, 2013)
Subject Källén, Gunnar, 1926-1968.
Källén, Gunnar, 1926-1968
Physicists -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
Author Jarlskog, C. (Cecilia), 1941- editor.
ISBN 9783319006277