H.A. Kramers Between Tradition and Revolution

It is now a little more than 11 years since the idea of writing a personal and scientific biography of H. A. Kramers took hold of me. A few days earlier I had been lecturing, in a course on field theory, on the renormalization proce­ dures of relativistic quantum field theory. Since the students had...

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Main Author: Dresden, Max
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Language:English
Published: New York, NY Springer New York 1987, 1987
Edition:1st ed. 1987
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505 0 |a 1 A Remarkable Person in a Very Special Epoch -- 1 H. A. Kramers: Why a Biography? -- 2 The Classical Synthesis: Lorentz -- 3 The Unraveling of Classical Physics: Planck and Einstein -- 4 Conflicts and the Basic Incompatibility -- 5 Bohr: Success and Ambiguity in a Period of Transition -- 6 Bohr, the Photon, and Kramers -- 7 The Bohr Institute: Pauli and Heisenberg -- 8 From Virtual Oscillators to Quantum Mechanics -- 9 The Revolution in Progress -- 2 Living Through a Revolution -- 10 A Hesitant Start with an Unusual Twist -- 11 The Early Copenhagen Years: From Student to Apostle -- 12 From Apostle to Prophet: Hints of Trouble to Come -- 13 The Multifarious Consequences of a Desperation Revolution -- 14 The Curious Copenhagen Interlude -- 3 Waiting for a Revolution That Did Not Happen -- 15 The Search for Identity in Changing Times -- 16 The Recurrent Theme: Electrons and Radiation -- 4 Kramers as a Person and a Scientist: Conflict or Harmony? -- 17 Personality and Style -- 18 Obligation and Duty -- 19 Kramers’ Self-Image -- 20 Epilogue: Does One Know Better—Understand More? 
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520 |a It is now a little more than 11 years since the idea of writing a personal and scientific biography of H. A. Kramers took hold of me. A few days earlier I had been lecturing, in a course on field theory, on the renormalization proce­ dures of relativistic quantum field theory. Since the students had considerable trouble understanding the physical basis of the procedure, at the end of the lecture T explained that renormalization is not an exclusive quantum or relativistic procedure. A careful treatment of classical electron theory as started by Lorentz and developed in detail by Kramers also requires re­ normalization. The students appeared quite interested and I promised them that I would explain all this in more detail in the next lecture. I could have looked up this material in Kramers' book, but I remembered that Kramers had stressed this idea in a course I had attended in Leiden in 1938-1939. I did dig up some of these old notes and, although they were considerably less transparent than my recollection seemed to indicate, they reminded me force­ fully of the thrilling days I had spent in Leiden with Kramers. Kramers' deep insight and originality were apparent even when distorted by my opaque notes. The students had never heard of these ideas of Kramers' and were totally unaware of his work in field theory