Fermi was the winner of the Nobel Prize in 1938 for research on
neutron physics, and of the Medal of Merit for his work on the U.S.
atomic bomb project. This book makes field theories of elementary
particles accessible to a larger number of students.
The lecture notes presented here in facsimile were prepared by
Enrico Fermi for students taking his course at the University of
Chicago in 1954. They are vivid examples of his unique ability to
lecture simply and clearly on the most essential aspects of
At the close of each lecture, Fermi created a single problem for
his students. These challenging exercises were not included in
Fermi's notes but were preserved in... more...
Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954) was an Italian-American physicist
particularly known for his work on the development of the first
nuclear reactor and for his contributions to the development of
quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical
mechanics. He was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his
work on induced radioactivity. Fermi is widely regarded as one of
the leading scientists of the 20th century, highly accomplished in
This volume presents, with some amplification, the notes on the lectures on nuclear physics given by Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago in 1949."The compilers of this publication may be warmly congratulated. . . . The scope of this course is amazing: within 240 pages it ranges from the general properties of atomic nuclei and nuclear forces to mesons and cosmic rays, and includes an account of fission and elementary pile theory. . . . The course... more...
In this classic of modern science, the Nobel Laureate presents a clear treatment of systems, the First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, and much more. Calculus required.