Herbert Froehlich: A Physicist Ahead of His Time - Springer Biographies (Hardback)G. J. Hyland (author)
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This biography provides a stimulating and coherent blend of scientific and personal narratives describing the many achievements of the theoretical physicist Herbert Froehlich. For more than half a century, Froehlich was an internationally renowned and much respected figure who exerted a decisive influence, often as a `man ahead of his time', in fields as diverse as meson theory and biology. Although best known for his contributions to the theory of dielectrics and superconductivity, he worked in many other fields, his most important legacy being the pioneering introduction quantum field-theoretical methods into condensed matter physics in 1952, which revolutionised the subsequent development of the subject. Gerard Hyland has written an absorbing and informative account, in which Herbert Froehlich's magnetic personality shines through.
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
Number of pages: 263
Weight: 5561 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 2015 ed.
"It is a valuable technical exposition of Froehlich's oeuvre-not only his contributions to physics, but also his contributions to theoretical biology and his reflections on the relationship between mathematics and physics and between microscopic and macroscopic descriptions. Hyland must have invested a huge amount of work on his book; it is a labor of love." (Silvan Schweber, Physics Today, Vol. 69 (5), May, 2016)
"The book is meticulously referenced and filled with photos and historical letters. Hyland has presented an inspiring account of a trailblazing physicist and outdoorsman who counted Schroedinger, Sommerfeld, and Feynman among his inner circle ... ." (Ram Devanathan, MRS Bulletin, Vol. 41, February, 2016)