Key Problems in Fundamental Physics

Physics of Atomic Nuclei

, Volume 65, Issue 7, pp 1370-1372

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On the article of G. Gamow, D. Ivanenko, and L. Landau “World Constants and Limiting Transition”

  • L. B. OkunAffiliated withInstitute of Theoretical and Experimental Physics

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This brief preface explains why the editorial board of the journal Yadernaya Fizika (Physics o f Atomic Nuclei) decided to reprint the article of the three authors, which was published in 1928 and which is hardly accessible to the present-day reader; tells briefly the history of its creation; and traces, from 1881 to 2001, the fate of the questions discussed in it and the impact of this article on modern fundamental physics.