A Glimpse into the Life and Science of Gunnar Kallen: Including a Selection of His Articles and Commentaries

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-28
  • Publisher: World Scientific Pub Co Inc
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This unique volume is devoted to the life and scientific work of the distinguished Swedish theoretical physicist Gunnar Klln (19261968). In spite of his short life span, Klln had a huge impact on the scientific lives of a large number of young scientists. His sharp intellect and exceptional talent to see through complicated structures and quickly pinpoint the essentials were legendary, as were also his outspokenness and strong opinions. No one who ever met him was left indifferent.Klln is well known for his work on quantum electrodynamics; for his work with Pauli on the mathematical structure of the Lee Model; and for his work with Arthur Wightman on the analyticity domain of the vacuum expectation value of product of three scalar fields. He is also remembered by many for his textbook on Elementary Particle Physics.A young man at Klln's time, who in this volume expresses his "great debt of gratitude" to him, is the 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics Steven Weinberg. His 2009 Klln Memorial Lecture "Living with Infinities" was written specifically for this volume.The 1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics T D Lee provides a historical perspective on his model (Lee Model, 1954) that was studied by many scientists, including Klln and Pauli.Other contributors to this book include Arberto Sirlin on Klln's work on radiative corrections in weak interactions; Raymond Stora and Stephen Gasiorowicz on Klln's work in quantum electrodynamics. In addition, the Editors provide commentary on some of Klln's scientific papers.Gunnar Klln's childhood and youth are described by his brother, Bengt Klln and his tragic death in a plane crash by his son Erland Klln. Other contributors reflect upon their interactions with Gunnar Klln.

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