Herbert Fröhlich

A Physicist Ahead of His Time

  • G. J. Hyland

Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. G. J. Hyland
    Pages 1-5
  3. G. J. Hyland
    Pages 6-26
  4. G. J. Hyland
    Pages 27-38
  5. G. J. Hyland
    Pages 39-87
  6. G. J. Hyland
    Pages 224-239
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 240-263

About this book


This biography provides a stimulating and coherent blend of scientific and personal narratives describing the many achievements of the theoretical physicist Herbert Fröhlich. For more than half a century, Fröhlich was an internationally renowned and much respected figure who exerted a decisive influence, often as a ‘man ahead of his time’, in fields as diverse as meson theory and biology. Although best known for his contributions to the theory of dielectrics and superconductivity, he worked in many other fields, his most important legacy being the pioneering introduction quantum field-theoretical methods into condensed matter physics in 1952, which revolutionised the subsequent development of the subject. Gerard Hyland has written an absorbing and informative account, in which Herbert Fröhlich’s magnetic personality shines through.


Connection between Macro and Micro Physics Continuous Reflections Dielectric Theory Herbert Fröhlich Biography Meson Theory Pioneer of Condensed Matter Physics Polaron Theory QFT Methods for Solid State Physics Theoretical Physics and Biology Theory of Superconductivity

Authors and affiliations

  • G. J. Hyland
    • 1
  1. 1.ex-University of WarwickCoventryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-14850-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-14851-9
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