Mehra, Jagdish
Overview
Works:  77 works in 417 publications in 3 languages and 7,848 library holdings 

Genres:  History Biography Conference papers and proceedings Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles:  Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Other 
Classifications:  QC173.98, 530.092 
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Jagdish Mehra
The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman by
Jagdish Mehra(
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26 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This definitive book deals with the life and scientific work of arguably the greatest Americanborn theoretical physicist of the twentieth century. He was a great teacher, a born showman, bongo drummer, buffoon, and iconoclast; a scientific magician capable of transcendental leaps of the imagination. During his career he was drawn into research on the atomic bomb before working out his pathintegral formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Subsequently he developed the diagrammatic technique, as a result of which Feynman diagrams became ubiquitous in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and statistical mechanics. From 1950 he was based at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on the superfluidity of liquid helium, the theory of polarons, the theory of weak interactions, the quantum theory of gravitation, partons, quark jets, and the limits of computation
26 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This definitive book deals with the life and scientific work of arguably the greatest Americanborn theoretical physicist of the twentieth century. He was a great teacher, a born showman, bongo drummer, buffoon, and iconoclast; a scientific magician capable of transcendental leaps of the imagination. During his career he was drawn into research on the atomic bomb before working out his pathintegral formulation of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Subsequently he developed the diagrammatic technique, as a result of which Feynman diagrams became ubiquitous in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and statistical mechanics. From 1950 he was based at the California Institute of Technology, where he worked on the superfluidity of liquid helium, the theory of polarons, the theory of weak interactions, the quantum theory of gravitation, partons, quark jets, and the limits of computation
The physicist's conception of nature by
Werner Heisenberg(
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29 editions published between 1973 and 1987 in English and Dutch and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Enthält: Symposium on the development of the physicist's conception of nature in the twentieth century held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Miramare, Trieste, Italy, 1825 September 1972
29 editions published between 1973 and 1987 in English and Dutch and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Enthält: Symposium on the development of the physicist's conception of nature in the twentieth century held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Miramare, Trieste, Italy, 1825 September 1972
Einstein, Hilbert, and the theory of gravitation : historical origins of general relativity theory by
Jagdish Mehra(
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19 editions published between 1874 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
19 editions published between 1874 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Solvay Conferences on Physics : aspects of the development of physics since 1911 by
Jagdish Mehra(
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18 editions published in 1975 in 3 languages and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jagdish Mehra's historical account of the Solvay Conferences from 1911 to 1973 demonstrates not only the great influence which these conferences have had on the development of modern physics, but it also shows clearly how farsighted and well planned were the intentions of Ernest Solvay when he took the initiative for organizing a new type of international conferences. In contrast to the conventional meetings in which reports are given on the successful solution of scientific problems, the Solvay Conferences were conceived to help directly in solving specific problems of unusual difficulty. The importance of the quantum structure of Nature had become well under stood already by 1911, but at that time there was no hope for an answer to the ex tremely difficult new questions posed by the atomic phenomena. The new conferences should therefore be devoted primarily to thorough discussions of such problems be tween a small number of the most competent physicists, and Ernest Solvay was guided by the hope that the discussions would eventually lead to a real and substantial progress. The earliest Solvay Conferences which I attended were those of 1927, 1930 and 1933, and they served this purpose extremely well. In 1926 the mathematical formalism of quantumand wavemechanics approached its final shape, but the interpretation was still controversial. Schrodinger hoped that his matter waves could be considered as waves in threedimensional space and time, and that the discontinuous feature of quantum 'jumps' could be avoided thereby
18 editions published in 1975 in 3 languages and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jagdish Mehra's historical account of the Solvay Conferences from 1911 to 1973 demonstrates not only the great influence which these conferences have had on the development of modern physics, but it also shows clearly how farsighted and well planned were the intentions of Ernest Solvay when he took the initiative for organizing a new type of international conferences. In contrast to the conventional meetings in which reports are given on the successful solution of scientific problems, the Solvay Conferences were conceived to help directly in solving specific problems of unusual difficulty. The importance of the quantum structure of Nature had become well under stood already by 1911, but at that time there was no hope for an answer to the ex tremely difficult new questions posed by the atomic phenomena. The new conferences should therefore be devoted primarily to thorough discussions of such problems be tween a small number of the most competent physicists, and Ernest Solvay was guided by the hope that the discussions would eventually lead to a real and substantial progress. The earliest Solvay Conferences which I attended were those of 1927, 1930 and 1933, and they served this purpose extremely well. In 1926 the mathematical formalism of quantumand wavemechanics approached its final shape, but the interpretation was still controversial. Schrodinger hoped that his matter waves could be considered as waves in threedimensional space and time, and that the discontinuous feature of quantum 'jumps' could be avoided thereby
The quantum principle : its interpretation and epistemology by
Jagdish Mehra(
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21 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study deals with the development of, and the current discussion about, the interpretation of quantum mechanics. The following topics are discussed: 1. The Copenhagen In terpretation; 2. Formal Problems of Quantum Mechanics; 3. Process of Measurement and the Equation of Motion; 4. Macroscopic Level of Description; 5. Search for Hidden Variables; 6. The Notion of 'Reality' and the Epistemology of Quantum Mechanics; and 7. Quantum Mechanics and the Explanation of Life. The BohrEinstein dialogue on the validity of the quan tum mechanical description of physical reality lasted over two decades. Since the early nineteenfifties, Eugene Wigner has provided much of the point and counterpoint of the continuing discussion on the interpretation and epistemolo gy of quantum mechanics. We have explored Wigner's views in some detail against the background of historical develop ment and current debate. Professor Eugene Wigner has sustained me over many years in my work on the conceptual development of mod ern physics by his kindness and encouragement. This study owes its existence to his direct inspiration, and to his suggestion to me in April 1971 that it would be of interest to write an account of the interpretation of quantum me chanics and the current discussion about it. XII PREFACE This study was completed in September 1972. Signifi cant new developments have occurred since then in the dis cussion of questions related to the epistemology of quan tum mechanics
21 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This study deals with the development of, and the current discussion about, the interpretation of quantum mechanics. The following topics are discussed: 1. The Copenhagen In terpretation; 2. Formal Problems of Quantum Mechanics; 3. Process of Measurement and the Equation of Motion; 4. Macroscopic Level of Description; 5. Search for Hidden Variables; 6. The Notion of 'Reality' and the Epistemology of Quantum Mechanics; and 7. Quantum Mechanics and the Explanation of Life. The BohrEinstein dialogue on the validity of the quan tum mechanical description of physical reality lasted over two decades. Since the early nineteenfifties, Eugene Wigner has provided much of the point and counterpoint of the continuing discussion on the interpretation and epistemolo gy of quantum mechanics. We have explored Wigner's views in some detail against the background of historical develop ment and current debate. Professor Eugene Wigner has sustained me over many years in my work on the conceptual development of mod ern physics by his kindness and encouragement. This study owes its existence to his direct inspiration, and to his suggestion to me in April 1971 that it would be of interest to write an account of the interpretation of quantum me chanics and the current discussion about it. XII PREFACE This study was completed in September 1972. Signifi cant new developments have occurred since then in the dis cussion of questions related to the epistemology of quan tum mechanics
Einstein, physics and reality by
Jagdish Mehra(
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11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albert Einstein was one of the principal founders of the quantum and relativity theories. Until 1925, when the BoseEinstein statistics was discovered, he made great contributions to the foundations of quantum theory. However, after the discovery of quantum mechanics by Heisenberg and wave mechanics by Schrödinger, with the consequent development of the principles of uncertainty and complementarity, it would seem that Einstein's views completely changed. In his theory of the Brownian motion, Einstein had invoked the theory of probability to establish the reality of atoms and molecules; but, in
11 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Albert Einstein was one of the principal founders of the quantum and relativity theories. Until 1925, when the BoseEinstein statistics was discovered, he made great contributions to the foundations of quantum theory. However, after the discovery of quantum mechanics by Heisenberg and wave mechanics by Schrödinger, with the consequent development of the principles of uncertainty and complementarity, it would seem that Einstein's views completely changed. In his theory of the Brownian motion, Einstein had invoked the theory of probability to establish the reality of atoms and molecules; but, in
Physical reality and mathematical description by
Charles P Enz(
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15 editions published in 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection of essays is intended as a tribute to Josef Maria Jauch on his sixtieth birthd~. Through his scientific work Jauch has justly earned an honored name in the community of theo retical physicists. Through his teaching and a long line of dis tinguished collaborators he has put an imprint on modern mathema tical physics. A number of Jauch's scientific collaborators, friends and admirers have contributed to this collection, and these essays reflect to some extent Jauch's own wide interests in the vast do main of theoretical physics. Josef Maria Jauch was born on 20 September 1914, the son of Josef Alois and Emma (nee Conti) Jauch, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Love of science was aroused in him early in his youth. At the age of twelve he came upon a popular book on astronomy, and an exam ple treated in this book mystified him. It was stated that if a planet travels around a centre of Newtonian attraction with a pe riod T, and if that planet were stopped and left to fall into the centre from any point of the circular orbit, it would arrive at the centre in the time T/I32. Young Josef puzzled about this for several months until he made his first scientific discovery : that this result could be derived from Kepler's third law in a quite elementary way
15 editions published in 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection of essays is intended as a tribute to Josef Maria Jauch on his sixtieth birthd~. Through his scientific work Jauch has justly earned an honored name in the community of theo retical physicists. Through his teaching and a long line of dis tinguished collaborators he has put an imprint on modern mathema tical physics. A number of Jauch's scientific collaborators, friends and admirers have contributed to this collection, and these essays reflect to some extent Jauch's own wide interests in the vast do main of theoretical physics. Josef Maria Jauch was born on 20 September 1914, the son of Josef Alois and Emma (nee Conti) Jauch, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Love of science was aroused in him early in his youth. At the age of twelve he came upon a popular book on astronomy, and an exam ple treated in this book mystified him. It was stated that if a planet travels around a centre of Newtonian attraction with a pe riod T, and if that planet were stopped and left to fall into the centre from any point of the circular orbit, it would arrive at the centre in the time T/I32. Young Josef puzzled about this for several months until he made his first scientific discovery : that this result could be derived from Kepler's third law in a quite elementary way
The fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, 19251926 ; The reception of the new quantum mechanics, 19251926 by
Jagdish Mehra(
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9 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
9 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The formulation of matrix mechanics and its modifications, 19251926 by
Jagdish Mehra(
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10 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
10 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collected works of Eugene Paul Wigner by
Eugene Paul Wigner(
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12 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and German and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eugene Wigner is one of the few giants of 20thcentury physics. His early work helped to shape quantum mechanics, he laid the foundations of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, and he contributed significantly to solidstate 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
12 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and German and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eugene Wigner is one of the few giants of 20thcentury physics. His early work helped to shape quantum mechanics, he laid the foundations of nuclear physics and nuclear engineering, and he contributed significantly to solidstate 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
The golden age of theoretical physics by
Jagdish Mehra(
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8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The historical development of quantum theory by
Jagdish Mehra(
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30 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quantum Theory, together with the principles of special and general relativity, constitute a scientific revolution that has profoundly influenced the way in which we think about the universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning. Drawing upon such materials as the resources of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics, the Niels Bohr Archives, and the archives and scientific correspondence of the principal quantum physicists, as well as Jagdish Mehra's personal discussions over many years with most of the architects of quantum theory, the authors have written a rigorous scientific history of quantum theory in a deeply human context. This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is science, history, and biography, all wrapped in the story of a great human enterprise. Its lessons will be an aid to those working in the sciences and humanities alike
30 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Quantum Theory, together with the principles of special and general relativity, constitute a scientific revolution that has profoundly influenced the way in which we think about the universe and the fundamental forces that govern it. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is a definitive historical study of that scientific work and the human struggles that accompanied it from the beginning. Drawing upon such materials as the resources of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics, the Niels Bohr Archives, and the archives and scientific correspondence of the principal quantum physicists, as well as Jagdish Mehra's personal discussions over many years with most of the architects of quantum theory, the authors have written a rigorous scientific history of quantum theory in a deeply human context. This multivolume work presents a rich account of an intellectual triumph: a unique analysis of the creative scientific process. The Historical Development of Quantum Theory is science, history, and biography, all wrapped in the story of a great human enterprise. Its lessons will be an aid to those working in the sciences and humanities alike
The completion of quantum mechanics, 19261941 by
Jagdish Mehra(
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11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
11 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Philosophical reflections and syntheses by
Eugene Paul Wigner(
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8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Among the founding fathers of modern quantum physics few have contributed to our basic understanding of its concepts as much as E.P. Wigner. His articles on the epistemology of quantum mechanics and the measurement problem, and the basic role of symmetries were of fundamental importance for all subsequent work. He was also the first to discuss the concept of consciousness from the point of view of modern physics. G.G. Emch edited most of those papers and wrote a very helpful introduction into Wigner's contributions to Natural Philosophy. The book should be a gem for all those interested in the history and philosophy of science. From a review by Silvan S. Schweber in Physics Today, October 1996: "All of the essays in Volume VI are at the level of the curious nonexpert who possesses a minimal command of the quantum mechanical formalism. They are rigorous, lucid and challenging."
8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Among the founding fathers of modern quantum physics few have contributed to our basic understanding of its concepts as much as E.P. Wigner. His articles on the epistemology of quantum mechanics and the measurement problem, and the basic role of symmetries were of fundamental importance for all subsequent work. He was also the first to discuss the concept of consciousness from the point of view of modern physics. G.G. Emch edited most of those papers and wrote a very helpful introduction into Wigner's contributions to Natural Philosophy. The book should be a gem for all those interested in the history and philosophy of science. From a review by Silvan S. Schweber in Physics Today, October 1996: "All of the essays in Volume VI are at the level of the curious nonexpert who possesses a minimal command of the quantum mechanical formalism. They are rigorous, lucid and challenging."
The birth of quantum mechanics : Werner Hisenberg Memorial Lecture delivered at the CERN Colloquium on 30 March 1976 by
Jagdish Mehra(
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14 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
14 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The interpretation of quantum mechanics by
Willis E Lamb(
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5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The historical development of quantum theory by
Jagdish Mehra(
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3 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
3 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collected works of Eugene Paul Wigner by
Eugene Paul Wigner(
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6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
SocioPolitical Reflections and Civil Defense by
Jagdish Mehra(
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1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E.P. Wigner, one of the leading scientists involved in the early development of nuclear technology, had always in mind its political and social implications. In the 60s persuing his goal of a peaceful open world he began to develop the concept of Civil Defense against nuclear attacks. Looking back one might see this as an alternative to the concept of the Nuclear Shield. The present volume contains a selection of Wigner's writings on this subject. It is annotated by Conrad Chester
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E.P. Wigner, one of the leading scientists involved in the early development of nuclear technology, had always in mind its political and social implications. In the 60s persuing his goal of a peaceful open world he began to develop the concept of Civil Defense against nuclear attacks. Looking back one might see this as an alternative to the concept of the Nuclear Shield. The present volume contains a selection of Wigner's writings on this subject. It is annotated by Conrad Chester
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 Einstein, Albert 18791955
 Rechenberg, Helmut
 Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips) 19181988 Dedicatee
 Wigner, Eugene Paul 19021995 Author
 Wightman, A. S. (Arthur Strong) 19222013 Other Editor
 Hilbert, David 18621943
 Enz, Charles P. (Charles Paul) 1925 Author Editor
 Solvay, Ernest 18381922
 Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice) 19021984 Dedicatee
 Jauch, Josef M. (Josef Maria) 19141974
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