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A Conversation with Valentine L. Telegdi---Part II (2008)


In this wide-ranging and anecdotal interview, the Hungarian experimental physicist Valentine L. Telegdi, who died on April 8, 2006, offers recollections of Enrico Fermi and Gregor Wentzel in the early 1950s at the University of Chicago. He recalls the discovery of quarks in 1963 independently by Murray Gell-Mann at Caltech and George Zweig at CERN. Comments on the establishment of the Erice summer school. Describes his work on the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon (the g-minus-2 experiment) with Richard Garwin at CERN. Recalls the colloquium given at the ETH (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in the late 1940s by Richard Feynman. Recalls his 1956 sabbatical at the Institute for Advanced Study; recollections of John Archibald Wheeler. Comments on the decline of physics at the University of Chicago after Fermi's death (1954) and the switchover from liberal military funding to the more cumbersome NSF grants process; contrasts that with the generosity of the ETH. Comments on his early days at Chicago and his longstanding friendship with Murph [Marvin L.] and Mildred Goldberger. Recalls his three-month stay at Bristol University in 1947 while still a graduate student at ETH and his friendship with Richard Dalitz. Comments on Stephen Hawking. Recollections of P.A.M.Dirac.Comments on Jerome Friedman, Richard Taylor,and Henry Kendall; on Nobel Prizes and the reason for Arnold Sommerfeld's failure to receive one. Recalls receiving the Wolf Prize in 1991 (along with Maurice Goldhaber) and an honorary degree the same year from the University of Chicago.


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Authors & Contributors
Krige, John G.
Weinberg, Steven
Eckert, Michael
Sime, Ruth Lewin
Fraser, Gordon
Westfall, C.
Physics in Perspective
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Physics World
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences
Public Understanding of Science
Institute of Physics Publishing
University of Chicago Press
Wallstein Verlag
W. W. Norton & Co.
Basic Books
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Particle accelerators
Particles (nuclear physics)
Quantum mechanics
Visual representation; visual communication
Fermi, Enrico
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Meitner, Lise
Bohr, Niels Henrik David
Hahn, Otto
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century, early
20th century
21st century
United States
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Large Hadron Collider (LHC)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (United States)
Hanford Nuclear Site (Washington)

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