Foundations of Physics

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 79–89

John Archibald Wheeler: A few highlights of his contributions to physics

  • Kip S. Thorne
  • Wojciech H. Zurek
Part I. Invited Papers Dedicated To John Archibald Wheeler


The following quotations describe in “nutshells” a few highlights of John Archibald Wheeler's contributions to physics. The contributions are arranged in roughly the following order: (i) concrete research results, (ii) innovative ideas that have become foundations for the research of others, (iii) insights that give guidance for the development of physics over the coming decades. Since most of Wheeler's work contains strong elements of two or even all three of these characteristics, the editors have not attempted to delineate the dividing lines between the three categories.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kip S. Thorne
    • 1
  • Wojciech H. Zurek
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Physics and AstronomyCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadena
  2. 2.Theoretical Astrophysics, Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos Alamos

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