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Theory of Relativity Wolfgang Pauli was one of the th century s most influential physicists He was awarded theNobel Prize for physics for the discovery of the exclusion principle also called the Pauli principle A brilliant theoretician, he was the first to posit the existence of the neutrino and one of the few early th century physicists to fully understand the enormity of Einstein s theory of relativityPauli s early writings, Theory of Relativity, published when the author was a young man of , was originally conceived as a complete review of the whole literature on relativity Now, given the plethora of literature since that time and the growing complexity of physics and quantum mechanics, such a review is simply no longer possibleIn order to maintain a proper historical perspective of Professor Pauli s significant work, the original text is reprinted in full, in addition to the author s insightful retrospective update of the later developments connected with relativity theory and the controversial questions that it provokesPauli pays special attention to the thorny problem of unified field theories, its connection with the range validity of the classical field concept, and its application to the atomic features of nature While an early skeptic of solutions along classical lines, Pauli s alternative model was subsequently supported by the newer epistemological analysis of quantum or wave mechanics Given the many pieces of the puzzle yet to be fitted into a cohesive picture of relativity, the differences of opinion on the relation of relativity theory to quantum theory are merging into one of science s great open problemsPauli provides additional informative views on problems beyond the original frame of special and general relativity the conflict between classical physics and the quantum mechanical approach the importance of Einsteinian theory in the development of physics and finally, the epistemological analysis of the finiteness of the quantum of action and the move away from na ve visualizations

About the Author: Wolfgang Pauli

Dr Wolfgang Ernst Pauli, Ph.D Ludwig Maximilians University, 1921 , was a theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum mechanics, for which he was awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics His paper on Einstein s theory of relativity, written two months after receiving his doctorate, remains a standard reference on the subject to this day In the field of quantum theory, the Pauli exclusion principle is named for him he also developed the theory of nonrelativistic spin.In 1928, Pauli was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich in Switzerland He held visiting professorships at the University of Michigan in 1931, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1935 He was awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1931.At the end of 1930, shortly after his postulation of the neutrino and immediately following his November divorce, Pauli had a severe breakdown He consulted psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung who, like Pauli, lived near Zurich Jung immediately began interpreting Pauli s deeply archetypal dreams, and Pauli became one of the depth psychologist s best students He soon began to criticize the epistemology of Jung s theory scientifically, and this contributed to a certain clarification of the latter s thoughts, especially about the concept of synchronicity A great many of these discussions are documented in the Pauli Jung letters, today published asAtom and ArchetypeJung s elaborate analysis ofthan 400 of Pauli s dreams is documented inPsychology and Alchemy.The German annexation of Austria in 1938 made Pauli a German citizen, which became a problem for him in 1939 after the outbreak of World War II In 1940, he tried in vain to obtain Swiss citizenship, which would have allowed him to remain at the ETH Pauli moved to the United States in 1940, where he was employed as a professor of theoretical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study In 1946, after the war, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States and subsequently returned to Zurich, where he mostly remained for the rest of his life In 1949, he was granted Swiss citizenship.In 1958, Pauli was awarded the Max Planck medal In that same year, he fell ill with pancreatic cancer.

10 thoughts on “Theory of Relativity

  1. William Schram William Schram says:

    Wolfgang Pauli was a brilliant theoretical physicist responsible for positing the Pauli Exclusion Principle and the winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physics However, at the first printing of this book, Pauli was a young man of 21 I really admire that sort of thing, to be able to publish something like this at that age The boo

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