Physics in Perspective

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 346–356

In Appreciation

Multiple Scattering: Leslie Foldy’s Winding Road Through Physics

DOI: 10.1007/s00016-007-0338-2

Cite this article as:
Taylor, P.L. & Fickinger, W.J. Phys. perspect. (2007) 9: 346. doi:10.1007/s00016-007-0338-2

Leslie Foldy’s diminutive stature and modest demeanor gave little clue to the powerful intellect responsible for several significant advances in theoretical physics.Two were particularly important. His 1945 theory of the multiple scattering of waves laid out the fundamentals that most modern theories have followed (and sometimes rediscovered), while his work with Siegfried Wouthuysen on the nonrelativistic limit of the Dirac equation opened the way to a wealth of valuable insights. In this article we recall some of the milestones along Foldy’s path through a life in physics.


Leslie L. FoldyRobert S. ShanklandGregory BreitLéon BrillouinEdward GerjuoyJ. Robert OppenheimerLyman Spitzer, Jr.Henry PrimakoffDavid BohmSiegfried WouthuysenCécile MoretteCase Western Reserve UniversityUniversity of WisconsinColumbia UniversityUnderwater Sound LaboratoryInstitute for Advanced StudyUniversity of California at BerkeleyUniversity of RochesterUniversity of Michiganantisubmarine warfarecoherent potential approximationFoldy-Wouthuysen transformationDirac equationmultiple scatteringnuclear physicsparticle physics

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA