Hans Bethe and His Physics

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World Scientific, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 314 pages
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When Hans Bethe, at the age of 97, asked his long-term collaborator, Gerry Brown, to explain his scientific work to the world, the latter knew that this was a steep task. As the late John Bahcall famously remarked: OC If you know his (Bethe''s) work, you might be inclined to think he is really several people, all of whom are engaged in a conspiracy to sign their work with the same nameOCO. Almost eight decades of original research, hundreds of scientific papers, numerous books, countless reports spanning the key areas of 20th century physics are the impressive record of Hans Bethe''s academic work. In answering Bethe''s request, the editors enlisted the help of experts in the different research fields, collaborators and friends of this OC last giantOCO of 20th century physics. Hans Bethe and His Physics is the result. It contains discussions of Hans Bethe''s work in solid state physics, nuclear physics and astrophysics; it explains his contributions as a science advisor and his stance on energy and nuclear weapons; and it demonstrates his impact as a teacher and mentor to generations of young scientists. While the book''s primary aim is to explain the science behind the man, the different articles also allow the reader to take a glimpse at the man behind the science. Sample Chapter(s). Three Weeks with Hans Bethe (525 KB). Contents: Hans Bethe and His Physics (G E Brown); My Life in Astrophysics (H A Bethe); Three Weeks with Hans Bethe (C Adami); Hans Bethe at The New Yorker (J Bernstein); My Sixty Years with Hans Bethe (E E Salpeter); Hans Bethe (K Gottfried); OC The Happy ThirtiesOCO (S S Schweber); Steller Energy Generation and Solar Neutrinos (J N Bahcall & E E Salpeter); Hans Bethe and Quantum Electrodynamics (F Dyson); Hans Bethe and the Theory of Nuclear Matter (J W Negele); Hans Bethe and Astrophysical Theory (G E Brown); Bethe''s Hypothesis (C N Yang & M-L Ge); Hans Bethe''s Contributions to Solid-State Physics (N D Mermin & N W Ashcroft); Hans Bethe and the Nuclear Many-Body Problem (J Holt & G E Brown); And Don''t Forget the Black Holes (with Commentary) (H A Bethe et al.); Shaping Public Policy (S Drell); Hans Bethe and the Global Energy Problems (B Ioffe); In Memoriam: Hans Bethe (R L Garwin & F von Hippel); Obituary: Hans A Bethe (K Gottfried); List of Publications of Hans A Bethe. Readership: Students, physicists and historians of science."
 

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A compendium of remeniscences and physics anecdotes about Hans Bethe. I wrote the longest chapter in there: "Three Weeks with Hans Bethe". Read full review

Contents

My Life in Astrophysics
27
Three Weeks with Hans Bethe
45
Hans Bethe at The New Yorker
111
Hans Bethe
125
Stellar Energy Generation and Solar Neutrinos
147
Hans Bethe and the Theory of Nuclear Matter
165
Part 3
178
Hans Bethe and the Nuclear ManyBody Problem
201
And Dont Forget the Black Holes with Commentary
239
Hans Bethe and the Global Energy Problems
263
Hans A Bethe
279
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