By Paul A. M. Dirac

ISBN-10: 0486320286

ISBN-13: 9780486320281

The writer of this concise, impressive sequence of lectures on mathematical tools in quantum mechanics used to be one of many shining intellects within the box, successful a Nobel prize in 1933 for his pioneering paintings within the quantum mechanics of the atom. past that, he constructed the transformation concept of quantum mechanics (which made it attainable to calculate the statistical distribution of sure variables), used to be one of many significant authors of the quantum concept of radiation, codiscovered the Fermi-Dirac records, and estimated the life of the positron.

The 4 lectures during this publication have been added at Yeshiva college, manhattan, in 1964. the 1st, "The Hamiltonian Method," is an creation to visualizing quantum conception by utilizing classical mechanics. the rest lectures construct on that concept. "The challenge of Quantization" exhibits how you can begin with a classical box thought and turn out with a quantum box thought. In "Quantization on Curved Surfaces," Dirac examines the potential of development a relativistic quantum thought on curved surfaces. He deduces that it isn't attainable, however it might be attainable on flat surfaces. within the ultimate lecture, "Quantization on Flat Surfaces," he concludes that "we can manage the elemental equations for a quantum idea of the Born-Infeld electrodynamics agreeing with detailed relativity, yet [not] with common relativity." Physics and chemistry scholars will locate this ebook a useful addition to their libraries, as will an individual intrigued by way of the far-reaching and influential principles of quantum mechanics.

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