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Mehra, Jagdish

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Works: 162 works in 694 publications in 3 languages and 9,992 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Creator, Other
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Most widely held works about Jagdish Mehra
 
Most widely held works by Jagdish Mehra
Einstein, physics and reality by Jagdish Mehra( )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Albert Einstein was one of the principal founders of the quantum and relativity theories. Until 1925, when the Bose-Einstein 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
The golden age of theoretical physics by Jagdish Mehra( )

12 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Golden Age of Theoretical Physics brings together 37 selected essays. Many of these essays were first presented as lectures at various universities in Europe and the USA, and then published as reports or articles. Their enlarged, final versions were published in the joint work of Jagdish Mehra and Helmut Rechenberg, The Historical Development of Quantum Theory, while the other essays were published as articles in scientific journals or in edited books. Here they are published together as a tribute to the Mehra-Rechenberg collaboration sustained for several decades, and cover various aspec
The beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard Feynman by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feynman had a unified view of physics and nature: he took the whole of nature as the arena of his science and imagination. Jagdish Mehra personally knew Feynman for thirty years. In 1980 Feynman suggested he might do what he had already done for Heisenberg, Pauli, and Dirac, that is write a definitive account of his life, science, and personality. Mehra instantly agreed and subsequently spent several weeks talking to him. After Feynman's death Mehra interviewed almost eighty people who had known him and aspects of his work. This book draws on this unique material and on Feynman's remarkable writings. It covers his childhood, his three marriages, his extraordinary range of interests. But most important, it deals with his scientific work in far greater detail than in any other biographical work on Feynman. What has emerged is a truly authoritative account of Feynman's life and achievements
The physicist's conception of nature by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

33 editions published between 1973 and 1987 in English and Dutch and held by 613 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, 18-25 September 1972
Einstein, Hilbert, and the theory of gravitation : historical origins of general relativity theory by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

24 editions published between 1874 and 1974 in 3 languages and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Some time ago I published a small piece * dealing with a charming little essay on 'the state of ether in magnetic fields', which the sixteen-year-old Einstein had written while he was awaiting admission to the E. T. H. in Zurich. This paper sought to trace the continuity between Einstein's early interest in electrodynamics and his later work on the special and general relativity theories. On reading this paper, Professor Eugene Wigner asked me whether David Hilbert had not independently discovered the field equations of gravitation. ** His impression from his stay in Gottingen (where Wigner had been Hilbert's assistant for one year in the late nineteen-twenties) was that Hilbert had indeed done so, and he asked me if it was true. I replied to Professor Wigner about Hilbert's contribution to the theory of gravitation. t He kindly encouraged me to expand my account to deal with the intricate and exciting details of the early years in the formulation of the general relativity theory of gravitation. This is what I have sought to do in this study. Albert Einstein created the general relativity theory of gravitation and dominated its development through the rest of his life. His early work on the theory of gravitation, from 1912 to 1916, had the drama of high adventure. It culminated in the establishment of its foundations which have remained unassailed by the theoretical and experimental work of succeeding decades
Climbing the mountain : the scientific biography of Julian Schwinger by K. A Milton( Book )

27 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Julian Schwinger was one of the leading theoretical physicists of the twentieth century. His contributions are as important, and as pervasive, as those of Richard Feynman, with whom (and with Sin-itiro Tomonaga) he shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics. Yet, while Feynman is universally recognized as a cultural icon, Schwinger is little known even to many within the physics community. This biography aims to describe Schwinger's life and research contributions to a wider audience." "This biography describes the many strands of his research life, while tracing the personal life of this private and gentle genius."--Jacket
The Solvay Conferences on Physics : aspects of the development of physics since 1911 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

18 editions published in 1975 in English and Dutch and held by 383 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 far-sighted 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 quantum-and wave-mechanics approached its final shape, but the interpretation was still controversial. Schrodinger hoped that his matter waves could be considered as waves in three-dimensional space and time, and that the discontinuous feature of quantum 'jumps' could be avoided thereby
The historical development of quantum theory by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The quantum theory of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, and Sommerfeld : its foundation and the rise of its difficulties, 1900-1925 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

20 editions published between 1981 and 2001 in English and German and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Physical reality and mathematical description by Charles P Enz( Book )

16 editions published in 1974 in English and Dutch and held by 347 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 quantum principle : its interpretation and epistemology by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

22 editions published between 1972 and 1974 in English and held by 341 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 Bohr-Einstein dialogue on the validity of the quan tum mechanical description of physical reality lasted over two decades. Since the early nineteen-fifties, 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
The formulation of matrix mechanics and its modifications, 1925-1926 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of quantum mechanics, 1925 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erwin Schrödinger and the rise of wave mechanics by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and German and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fundamental equations of quantum mechanics, 1925-1926 ; The reception of the new quantum mechanics, 1925-1926 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

7 editions published between 1982 and 2001 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected works of Eugene Paul Wigner by Eugene Paul Wigner( Book )

in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The completion of quantum mechanics, 1926-1941 by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 177 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
Philosophical reflections and syntheses by Eugene Paul Wigner( )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 114 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 historical development of quantum theory by Jagdish Mehra( Book )

37 editions published between 1981 and 2001 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The historical development of quantum theory. epilogue by Jagdish Mehra( )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and German and held by 96 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
 
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The golden age of theoretical physicsThe beat of a different drum : the life and science of Richard FeynmanClimbing the mountain : the scientific biography of Julian SchwingerThe historical development of quantum theoryThe quantum theory of Planck, Einstein, Bohr, and Sommerfeld : its foundation and the rise of its difficulties, 1900-1925The formulation of matrix mechanics and its modifications, 1925-1926The discovery of quantum mechanics, 1925Erwin Schrödinger and the rise of wave mechanics
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Jagdish Mehra Amerikaans hoogleraar (1931-2008)

Jagdish Mehra indisch-US-amerikanischer Wissenschaftshistoriker

Mehra, Jagdish

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