Physics in Perspective

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 329-345

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Ettore Majorana’s Course on Theoretical Physics: A Recent Discovery

  • Antonino DragoAffiliated withGruppo di Storia della Fisica, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Università di Napoli “Federico II” Complesso Universitario di M. S. Angelo Email author 
  • , Salvatore EspositoAffiliated withDipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Università di Napoli “Federico II” and INFN Sezione di Napoli Complesso Universitario di M. S. Angelo

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We analyze in some detail the course that Ettore Majorana gave on theoretical physics at the University of Naples between January and March 1938, just prior to his mysterious disappearance. We discuss, in particular, the recently discovered Moreno Lecture Notes, in which all of Majorana’s lectures are recorded, six of which are not present in those that are preserved in the Domus Galilaeana in Pisa, Italy.


Ettore Majorana Enrico Fermi Antonio Carrelli Gilda Senatore Sebastiano Sciuti Gilberto Bernardini Edoardo Amaldi Giovanni Gentile, Jr. Eugenio Moreno Cesare Moreno University of Naples Domus Galilaeana theoretical physics quantum mechanics special relativity