By Richard M. Weiner
Analogies play a basic function in technology. to appreciate how and why, at a given second, a undeniable analogy was once used, one has to understand the categorical, ancient situations less than which the hot inspiration was once constructed. This historic heritage isn't provided in medical articles and particularly infrequently in books. For the overall reader, the undergraduate or graduate pupil who learns the topic for the 1st time, but in addition for the practitioner who appears to be like for suggestion or who desires to comprehend what his colleague operating in one other box does, those ancient conditions could be interesting and worthy. This booklet discusses a chain of analogy results in subatomic physics, the prediction and idea of which the writer has contributed to within the final 50 years. those phenomena are awarded at a degree available to the non-specialist, with no formulae yet with emphasis at the own and ancient historical past: memoirs of conferences, discussions and correspondence with collaborators and co-workers. As such, along with its medical facets, the publication constitutes an soaking up witness account of a holocaust survivor who for that reason illegally crossed the Iron Curtain to flee communist persecution.
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341 Atomic Mass Dependence of Multiplicity . . . . . . . . 342 bankruptcy 29. facts for Quark-Gluon Plasma from Heavy Ion Reactions lines of QGP in Low strength Heavy Ion response? . . 344 344 March 20, 2008 10:44 spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and existence 9in x 6in Analogies in Physics and lifestyles fm xv An expedition Into Cosmology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 346 fixing precisely the Equations of Hydrodynamics . . . . 348 Outlook 350 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . bankruptcy 30. A Literary Intermezzo: The Mini-Atom venture 353 bankruptcy 31. Reﬂections 356 Breakdown of Analogies: Mysteries of contemporary Physics . 356 Classical as opposed to Quantum Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . 357 instinct and Analogies: 3 Deﬁnitions of instinct . 360 Referees, Editors, and Publishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361 unique Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361 assessment Papers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 364 Fiction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365 Appendix 1 Statistical Duality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 366 366 record of guides 368 Notes and References 383 Index 395 March 20, 2008 10:44 spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and lifestyles This web page deliberately left clean 9in x 6in fm March 20, 2008 10:44 spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and lifestyles 9in x 6in Preface Analogies in technology are used both to give an explanation for convinced saw experimental proof or to foretell new results. An considerable fraction, if no longer the bulk, of vital discoveries in sleek physics relies on analogies, and you'll be able to take the perspective that the complete evolution of technological know-how depends upon this fashion of pondering, no matter if those that have been concerned weren't regularly aware of this. regardless of the significance of this basic truth, there's it sounds as if no ebook within the scientiﬁc literature (at least within the actual sciences) devoted to this topic. in addition, to appreciate how and why at a definite second a definite analogy was once used one has to understand the speciﬁc ancient situations below which the hot thought was once built. whereas a selected analogy itself can be defined in scientiﬁc journals or in textbooks, the historic historical past is mostly now not. those ancient conditions are of curiosity and sometimes essential—for the undergraduate or graduate scholar who learns the topic for the ﬁrst time, but additionally for the practitioner who seems to be for proposal or who desires to comprehend what his colleagues in different ﬁelds did and why, and final yet now not least for the historian of technology. the current ebook is an try to give a contribution to ﬁlling this hole, albeit a particularly subjective one: i attempted to handle this factor by way of touching on diverse phenomena in subatomic physics studied or envisioned during the last many years and to which I contributed in my view. many of the predictions were conﬁrmed, others are nonetheless within the pipeline and various may possibly by no means be veriﬁed or perhaps confirmed unsuitable. nonetheless, i'm hoping that even these within the final class may help, if no longer for xvii fm March 20, 2008 10:44 xviii spi-b524 Analogies in Physics and existence 9in x 6in fm Preface the other cause than to avoid someone else from repeating those errors.