Ettore Majorana: Unpublished Research Notes on Theoretical Physics

  • Salvatore Esposito
  • Erasmo Recami
  • Alwyn van der Merwe
  • Roberto Battiston

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 159)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lvi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-56
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Pages 125-259
    3. Pages 261-285
    4. Pages 287-307
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Pages 311-337
    3. Pages 339-381
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. Pages 385-401
    3. Pages 403-448
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 449-451

About this book


The editors of this volume bring to life a major part of Ettore Majorana’s work that up to now was not accessible to the general audience. These are the contents of the Quaderni (notebooks) of Ettore Majorana, edited and translated in English.
Ettore Majorana had an astounding talent for Physics that made an impression on all the colleagues who had the opportunity to know him. Enrico Fermi, who took him in his group when he was a student, ranked him with Galilei and Newton. Ettore Majorana’s career was cut short in 1938, as he mysteriously disappeared at the age of 32, leaving many unpublished works.
This book reveals an interesting perspective over the points of view, the interests, the approach to physical problems of this great physicist and it shows that he had advanced his comprehension of physics to levels that were only reached by other physicists ten years after, or even later. The editors have inserted minimal text, in order to leave the original calculations by Majorana intact, and at the same time help the reader when the formalism had been left unexplained. The preface to this book provides fascinating reflections on the life and pioneering work of this exceptional physicist, placing it in the context of the physical discoveries of the following years. This book will have considerable interests to all those interested in the development of the history of Physics.

Theoretical physicists and scholars interested in the history of Physics


Dirac theory History of physics Isaac Newton Majorana notes Majorana unpublished work Notes on theoretical physics electrodynamics hyperfine structures and magnetic moments mathematical physics mechanics nuclear potential quantum electrodynamic

Editors and affiliations

  • Salvatore Esposito
    • 1
  • Erasmo Recami
    • 2
  • Alwyn van der Merwe
    • 3
  • Roberto Battiston
    • 4
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche Complesso Universitario di Monte S. AngeloUniversità di Napoli “Federico II”NapoliItaly
  2. 2.Facoltà di IngegneriaUniversità di BergamoDalmine (BG)Italy
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  4. 4.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di PerugiaPerugiaItaly

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment