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Climbing the Mountain: The Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger

Jagdish Mehra and Kimball Milton


Julian Schwinger was one of the leading theoretical physicists of the 20th century. His contributions are as important, and as pervasive, as those of Richard Feynman, with whom he shared the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics (along with Sin-itiro Tomonaga). Yet, while Feynman is universally recognised as a cultural icon, Schwinger is little known to many even within the physics community. In his youth, Schwinger was a nuclear physicist, turning to classical electrodynamics after World War II. In the years after the war, he was the first to renormalise quantum electrodynamics. Subsequently, he prese ... More

Keywords: Julian Schwinger, Richard Feynman, quantum electrodynamics, quantum field theory, nuclear magnetic resonance, source theory, Casimir effect, quantum optics, quantum mechanics, many-body theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198527459
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jagdish Mehra, author

Kimball Milton, author
Department of Physics, University of Oklahoma