The Story of Spin
All atomic particles have a particular "spin," analogous to the earth's rotation on its axis. The quantum mechanical reality underlying spin is complex and still poorly understood. Sin-itiro Tomonaga's The Story of Spin remains the most complete and accessible treatment of spin, and is now available in English translation. Tomonaga tells the tale of the pioneers of physics and their difficult journey toward an understanding of the nature of spin and its relationship to statistics. His clear unfolding of the tale of spin is invaluable to students of physics, chemistry, and astronomy, and his description of the historical development of spin will interest historians and philosophers of science.
"This piece of the history of physics will provide excellent and exciting reading. . . . It also provides the personal touch of an expert in the field that is so often lacking in the physics literature. I recommend it very highly."—Fritz Rohrlich, Physics Today
Sin-itiro Tomonaga was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965.
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This book does presume a fairly high level of knowledge of quantum mechanics, but is a great exposition of the history of the development of ALL quantum mechanics. The reader will delight in the story behind so much we had to simply take for granted in the usual treatment of quantum mechanics in undergraduate course.
One of the delights is that we get a much better picture from this book than from class about how even the great physicists stumbled quite a bit with failures like the "Ersatzmodel" before they finally hit on the right idea: 'spin' and the 'spinor'.
Before the Dawn
Electron Spin and the Thomas Factor
Paulis Spin Theory and the Dirac Theory
Interaction between Spins
PauliWeisskopf and the Yukawa Particle
The Quantity Which Is neither Vector nor Tensor
Spin and Statistics of Elementary Particles
The Year of Discovery 1932