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The Physics of Ettore Majorana
Theoretical, Mathematical, and Phenomenological

  • Date Published: December 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107044029


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  • Through just a handful of papers, Ettore Majorana left an indelible mark in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science and even economics before his mysterious disappearance in 1938. It is only now that the importance of Majorana's work is being realised: Majorana fermions are intensely studied today, and his work on neutrino physics has provided possible explanations for the existence of dark matter. In this unique volume, Salvatore Esposito explores not only Majorana's known papers but, even more interestingly, unveils his unpublished works as well. These include powerful methods and results, ranging from the atomic two-centre problem, the Thomas–Fermi model and ferromagnetism to quasi-stationary states, n-component relativistic wave equations and quantum scalar electrodynamics. Featuring biographical notes and contributions from leading experts Evgeny Akhmedov and Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek, this fascinating book will captivate graduate students and researchers interested in frontier science as well as in the history of science.

    • The first and only book discussing Majorana's published writings and his unknown, unpublished works
    • Features two contributing chapters from leading scientists about current research into Majorana physics
    • Describes the influential contributions Majorana made in high energy and condensed matter physics
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    '… the perfect guided tour through his brief but prolific career.' Salvatore Esposito, Physics Today

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107044029
    • length: 393 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introducing the Character:
    1. Life and myth
    2. The visible side
    Part II. Atomic Physics:
    3. Two-electron problem
    4. Thomas–Fermi model
    Part III. Nuclear and Statistical Physics:
    5. Quasi-stationary nuclear states
    6. Theory of ferromagnetism
    Part IV. Relativistic Fields and Group Theory
    7. Groups and their applications to quantum mechanics
    8. Dirac equations and some alternatives
    Part V. Quantum Field Theory:
    9. Scalar electrodynamics
    10. Photons and electrons
    Part VI. Fundamental Theories and Other Topics:
    11. A 'path integral' approach to quantum mechanics
    12. Fundamental lengths and times
    13. Some more
    Part VII. Beyond Majorana:
    14. Majorana and condensed matter physics
    15. Majorana neutrinos and other Majorana particles

  • Author

    Salvatore Esposito, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Napoli
    Salvatore Esposito is a Professor in the History of Physics and Associate Professor in Theoretical Physics at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare. His research interests range from neutrino physics to field theory, and he is considered the world expert on Majorana's work.

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