By Kenneth W. Ford;John Archibald Wheeler
The autobiography of 1 of the preeminent figures in twentieth-century physics.
He studied with Niels Bohr, taught Richard Feynman, and boned up on relativity together with his good friend and colleague Albert Einstein. John Archibald Wheeler's attention-grabbing lifestyles brings us head to head with the significant characters and discoveries of contemporary physics. He used to be the 1st American to benefit of the invention of nuclear fission, later coined the time period "black hole," led a renaissance in gravitation physics, and helped to construct Princeton college right into a mecca for physicists. From nuclear physics, to quantum thought, to relativity and gravitation, Wheeler's paintings has set the trajectory of study for part a century. His occupation has introduced him into touch with the main superb minds of his box; Fermi, Bethe, Rabi, Teller, Oppenheimer, and Wigner are between these he known as colleagues and neighbors. during this wealthy autobiography, Wheeler unearths in interesting element the thrill of every discovery, the nature of every colleague, and the underlying ardour for wisdom that drives him nonetheless. images
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In September we moved into a so-called Pullman apartment, but stayed there only half a year. In March 1943, we all moved back to the East Coast, to Wilmington, Delaware, so that I could more effectively fill the role I had been assigned by Compton—principal liaison scientist to Du Pont. By the summer of 1944, it was necessary to gather the family and head for the other end of the country. We were to spend the last year of the war living in Richland, Washington, while I worked on the plutonium production reactors in neighboring Hanford.
In three successive issues in February 1939, the journal Nature carried Letters on the subject. In the first of these, appearing in the February 11 issue (having been submitted on January 16, the day of Bohr’s arrival in New York), Meitner and Frisch proposed fission as the mechanism accounting for the production of barium by neutron bombardment of uranium. While Bohr was en route, Frisch had gone to his laboratory and obtained the large energy “signature” of fission. His separate report on this experiment, also submitted on January 16, appeared on February 18.
Despite the excitement in that evening’s Journal Club, it took some days for the news to spread to other laboratories around the country. I. I. Rabi,3 the noted experimental physicist from Columbia University, was in Princeton that week and heard Rosenfeld’s report. Surprisingly, he did not rush the news back to his new colleague Fermi. As it turned out, Willis Lamb, a young Columbia faculty member and, like Rabi, a future Nobelist, brought Fermi the news. Lamb came down to Princeton by train on Friday morning, January 20, in part to continue working with me on some calculations we were doing together, in part to attend the afternoon theoretical seminar.
Geons, Black Holes, and Quantum Foam: A Life in Physics by Kenneth W. Ford;John Archibald Wheeler