E.C.G. Stueckelberg, An Unconventional Figure of Twentieth Century Physics

Selected Scientific Papers with Commentaries

  • Jan Lacki
  • Henri Ruegg
  • Gérard Wanders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Ernst C. G. Stueckelberg: Biography and Personal Recollections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gérard Wanders
      Pages 7-10
  3. Scientific Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Jan Lacki
      Pages 13-23
    3. Gérard Wanders
      Pages 87-100
    4. Werner Israel
      Pages 101-113
  4. Stueckelberg’s Selected Papers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 411-422

About this book


Born in 1905, Ernst C. G. Stueckelberg was professor of theoretical physics at the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne in the years 1930-1970. He was one of the most eminent Swiss physicists of the 20th century. His breakthroughs, from his causal S-matrix to the renormalization group, have influenced the development of contemporary theoretical physics.

The book presents a selection of his most important scientific papers. They are preceded with a series of introductory essays, contributed by scientists and historians, specialists of Stueckelberg’s achievements and time. These essays deal with the scientific context and the issues of the various topics that Stueckelberg tackled in his scientific career and serve as an enlightening complement to the reprinted papers. The volume also contains Stueckelberg’s concise biography and an exhaustive list of his publications. It ambitions to provide an authoritative source gathering in a single place all the material needed to assess the scientific achievements of one of the most important, albeit somehow overlooked, scientists of 20th century.


Dynamik Physik Reibung Renormalization group Theoretical physics electrodynamics thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Lacki
    • 1
  • Henri Ruegg
    • 2
  • Gérard Wanders
    • 3
  1. 1.REHSEIS, UMR 7596, CNS, and Université de Genève Unité «Histoire et Philosophie des Sciences» Faculté des SciencesGenève 4Switzerland
  2. 2.TroinexSwitzerland
  3. 3.LausanneSwitzerland

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