Master of Modern Physics
The Scientific Contributions of H. A. Kramers
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The papers he reprints include Kramers's derivation of the dispersion formulae that led to Heisenberg's matrix mechanics; his classic paper on the Brownian-motion approach to chemical reactions; a pioneering paper on polymers; and a paper on renormalization, a concept first introduced by Kramers and now one of the basic ideas of modern field theory. This book will change how we view the course of twentieth-century science and will show that Kramers was indeed one of the masters of modern physics.
Preface1Introduction32The Old Quantum Theory93Quantum Mechanics314Quantum Electrodynamics595Statistical Mechanics, Solid-State Physics, and Low-Temperature Physics676The Kramers Problem and Polymer Physics937Miscellaneous Topics109AOn the Scattering of Radiation by Atoms121BSome Remarks on Heisenberg's Quantum Mechanics145CWave Mechanics and Half-Odd-Integral Quantisation151DThe Scattering of Light by Atoms163EGeneral Theory of Paramagnetic Rotation in Crystals173FClassical Relativistic Spin-Theory and Its Quantization187GOn the Eigenvalue Problem in a One-Dimensional Field of Force195HThe Use of Charge-Conjugated Wavefunctions in the Hole Theory of the Electron203IBrownian Motion in a Field of Force and the Diffusion Model of Chemical Reactions213JStatistics of the Two-Dimensional Ferromagnet231KFundamental Difficulties of a Theory of Particles249LThe Behavior of Macromolecules in Inhomogeneous Flow257References273Publications of H. A. Kramers277Index283