Fifty Years of Symmetry Operators

  • E. P. Wigner
Part of the The Scientific Papers book series (WIGNER, volume A / 3)


The title of my address, so kindly provided by the leadership of this conference, clearly indicates that I should be principally concerned with the role which the symmetry and invariance principles play in quantum mechanics, with their applications and effectiveness — it was precisely 50 years ago that these were recognized. Nevertheless, I like to say a few words about the role of symmetry principles in pre-quantum theory because the comparison of this role with the role played by the same principles at present seems to me very interesting.


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