The Origin of the Concept of Nuclear Forces

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Science - 392 pages
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The concept of fundamental nuclear forces emerged gradually during the start of the 1930s and reached our present level of description some time before the 1950s. The Origin of the Concept of Nuclear Forces presents a unified, comprehensive account of the history of this important part of the modern scientific worldview. In addition, the authors, foremost experts in the field, examine the sociological and philosophical aspects of the story in light of the various theories of scientific development. The book contains analyses of published work, archival materials, and original interviews. It will be appealing primarily to historians of science and physicists interested in the roots of their field.
 

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Contents

Towards a Unified Theory of Nuclear Forces
27
The Fermifield Theory
47
Cosmic Rays Quantum Field Theories and Nuclear Forces
69
Yukawas Heavy Quantum and the Mesotron
95
The Discovery of the Mesotron 193537
115
The Development of the Vector Meson Theory in Britain
141
The Meson Takes its Place Among the Elementary Particles
175
The Meson Theory and Yukawa Circumnavigate the Globe
202
General Properties of Elementary Particles
229
Meson Physics from 1939 to 1950 the Meson Puzzle Resolved
251
Meson Physics During the War East
272
The Meson Paradox is Resolvedand a Clear View of the Nuclear
292
Epilogue
316
Bibliography
335
Index
371
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