The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner

Part A: The Scientific Papers

  • Arthur S. Wightman

Part of the The Collected Works of Eugene Paul Wigner book series (WIGNER, volume A / 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Eugene Paul Wigner: A Biographical Sketch

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Applied Group Theory 1926–1935

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Brian R. Judd
      Pages 17-33
    3. P. Jordan, E. P. Wigner
      Pages 109-129
    4. E. P. Wigner
      Pages 209-212
    5. R. Döpel, K. Gailer, E. P. Wigner
      Pages 227-228

About this book

Introduction

Eugene Wigner is one of the few giants of 20th-century physics. His early work helped to shape quantum mechanics, he laid the foundations of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, and he contributed significantly to solid-state physics. His philosophical and political writings are widely known. All his works will be reprinted in Eugene Paul Wigner's Collected Workstogether with descriptive annotations by outstanding scientists. The present volume begins with a short biographical sketch followed by Wigner's papers on group theory, an extremely powerful tool he created for theoretical quantum physics. They are presented in two parts. The first, annotated by B. Judd, covers applications to atomic and molecular spectra, term structure, time reversal and spin. In the second, G. Mackey introduces to the reader the mathematical papers, many of which are outstanding contributions to the theory of unitary representations of groups, including the famous paper on the Lorentz group.

Keywords

Atomic Spectra Atomspektren Gruppentheorie History of Science Molecular Spectra Molekülspektren Quantum mechanics Spin Term Structure Theoretical Quantum Physics Time Reversal Unitäre Darstellung von Gruppen Zeitumkehr spectra

Editors and affiliations

  • Arthur S. Wightman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Joseph Henry LaboratoriesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-02781-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-08154-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02781-3
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