The Story of Spin
All atomic particles have a particular "spin, " analogous to the earth's rotation on its axis. The quantum mechanical reality underlying spin is ... Show synopsis All atomic particles have a particular "spin, " analogous to the earth's rotation on its axis. The quantum mechanical reality underlying spin is complex and still poorly understood. Sin-itiro Tomonaga's "The Story of Spin" remains the most complete and accessible treatment of spin, and is now available in English translation. Tomonaga tells the tale of the pioneers of physics and their difficult journey toward an understanding of the nature of spin and its relationship to statistics. His clear unfolding of the tale of spin is invaluable to students of physics, chemistry, and astronomy, and his description of the historical development of spin will interest historians and philosophers of science. " "The Story of Spin," as told by Sin-itiro Tomonaga and lovingly translated by Takeshi Oka, is a brilliant and witty account of the development of modern quantum theory, which takes electron spin as a pivotal concept. Reading these twelve lectures on fundamental aspects of physics is a joyful experience that is rare indeed."--Laurie Brown, Northwestern University "This piece of the history of physics will provide excellent and exciting reading. . . . It also provides the personal touch of an expert in the field that is so often lacking in the physics literature. I recommend it very highly."--Fritz Rohrlich, "Physics Today"