By Victor F. Weisskopf

This option of essays covers quite a lot of matters hooked up with the actual sciences and their relation to human affairs. they're generally conceived and directed to a quite often viewers instead of to experts particularly components. a few are written for the initiated, a few are wide synopses of a department of physics and are directed to the scientifically layman. a few take care of extra philosophic questions reminiscent of Niels Bohr's principles on complementarity, and others care for the issues of technological know-how, ethics, and society.

Hans Bethe writes as follows within the Foreword:

"His precis articles on exact issues are lucid and are 'popular clinical writing' at its most sensible. the topic is made transparent to physicists in different branches of physics and to the trained public by way of simplifying it, yet with out ever creating a compromise with basic accuracy, as many well known writers on technology do after they get enamored with their very own imagery and put out of your mind the topic that they honestly are looking to explain.

Viki's [Weisskopf's] major situation, as of such a lot theoretical physicists, is the right kind interpretation of the quantum theory.... This subject is already renowned in 1951 in his article 'Quantity and caliber in Quantum Physics.' the following he makes transparent how a quantitative distinction, reminiscent of the variety of electrons of 6 in a carbon and eleven in a sodium atom, makes all of the distinction within the qualitative habit of those chemical components. He additionally foresees, at this early time, the various advancements in biology with regards to DNA.

"The precis article approximately electron conception (1949) is written basically for physicists. He summarizes the good advances led to by means of the renormalization idea which provides finite effects for all observable amounts and is key to trendy box idea. His personal box of nuclear physics is summarized in 'Problems of Nuclear constitution' (1961), in an easier shape in 'Nuclear versions' (1951). Weisskopf is often all in favour of vital advancements in physics no matter if he himself has no longer contributed. an important this sort of [was defined in] the 'Fall of Parity.' this text is a gorgeous instance of his skill to make issues comprehensible with no altering the necessities. within the 'Visual visual appeal of speedily relocating gadgets' he explains the invention of Penrose speedily relocating item seems to us because it if had its normal form and isn't distorted via the Lorentz contraction as had formerly been believed; actually, with no relativity conception it is going to glance badly distorted. His 'How gentle Interacts with subject' is wealthy in new insights.

"The subject matter is extra built in 'Physics within the 20th Century' and 'The Quantum Ladder.'... i do not understand of the other position the place the fundamental solidity of our international as ruled through quantum conception is healthier defined, or the nice richness of the phenomena as a result of quantitative ameliorations is proven with higher love."

as well as these pointed out above, the booklet incorporates a variety of different essays. those situation actual thought (articles at the compound nucleus and on straight forward particles), the human features of medical learn (articles on Niels Bohr and on Marie Curie), and organic thought (considerations of symmetry and serve as on the macromolecular point and of the quantum foundation of natural reproduction). a last staff of essays is anxious with such concerns because the intrinsic worth of technological know-how, the contributions of technology to society, and medical ethics. The latter is defined by means of Bethe as "A most pretty and concise assertion of the scientist's creed."

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