Ettore Majorana: Notes on Theoretical Physics

  • Salvatore Esposito
  • Ettore MajoranaJr
  • Alwyn van der Merwe
  • Erasmo Recami

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Salvatore Esposito, Ettore Majorana Jr, Alwyn van der Merwe, Erasmo Recami
    Pages 1-83
  3. Salvatore Esposito, Ettore Majorana Jr, Alwyn van der Merwe, Erasmo Recami
    Pages 85-204
  4. Salvatore Esposito, Ettore Majorana Jr, Alwyn van der Merwe, Erasmo Recami
    Pages 205-317
  5. Salvatore Esposito, Ettore Majorana Jr, Alwyn van der Merwe, Erasmo Recami
    Pages 319-417
  6. Salvatore Esposito, Ettore Majorana Jr, Alwyn van der Merwe, Erasmo Recami
    Pages 419-467
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 469-486

About this book

Introduction

HISTORICAL PRELUDE Ettore Majorana's fame solidly rests on testimonies like the following, from the evocative pen of Giuseppe Cocconi. At the request of Edoardo Amaldi, he wrote from CERN (July 18, 1965): "In January 1938, after having just graduated, I was invited, essen­ tially by you, to come to the Institute of Physics at the University in Rome for six months as a teaching assistant, and once I was there I would have the good fortune of joining Fermi, Bernardini (who had been given a chair at Camerino a few months earlier) and Ageno (he, too, a new graduate), in the research of the products of disintegration of /-L "mesons" (at that time called mesotrons or yukons), which are produced by cosmic rays [ . . . ] "It was actually while I was staying with Fermi in the small laboratory on the second floor, absorbed in our work, with Fermi working with a piece of Wilson's chamber (which would help to reveal mesons at the end of their range) on a lathe and me constructing a jalopy for the illumination of the chamber, using the flash produced by the explosion of an aluminum ribbon short circuited on a battery, that Ettore Majorana came in search of Fermi. I was introduced to him and we exchanged few words. A dark face. And that was it.

Keywords

Notebooks on theoretical physics applied physics atomic physics physics theoretical physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Salvatore Esposito
    • 1
  • Ettore MajoranaJr
    • 2
  • Alwyn van der Merwe
    • 3
  • Erasmo Recami
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Naples “Federico II”NaplesItaly
  2. 2.Italian National Institute for Nuclear PhysicsSite of PisaItaly
  3. 3.University of DenverDenverUSA
  4. 4.University of BergamoDalmine (BG)Italy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0107-5
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6435-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0107-5
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