Article ID: CBB971617296

Geon Wheeler: from nuclear to spacetime physicist (2018)


Rickles, Dean (Author)

European Physical Journal H
Volume: 43
Issue: 3
Pages: 243-265
Publication date: 2018
Language: English

We provide an account of John Wheeler’s transition from his work on elementary particle physics (in which particles provided the ultimate ontology in his worldview), to his work on gravitation and general relativity (in which spacetime geometry was the ultimate object out of which all other things were composed). We also describe his early work on quantum gravity largely as a long-standing attempt to derive the elementary particles from spacetime structure.

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Authors & Contributors
Collins, Harry M.
Lalli, Roberto
Renn, Jürgen
Thorne, Kip S.
Rocci, Alessio
Blum, Alexander S.
European Physical Journal H
Physics in Perspective
Annalen der Physik
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
American Journal of Physics
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Cambridge University Press
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
University of Chicago Press
W. W. Norton & Co.
Relativity, general
Quantum mechanics
Philosophy of science
Einstein, Albert
Wheeler, John Archibald
Broglie, Louis Victor Pierre Raymond de
Fermi, Enrico
Feynman, Richard Phillips
Grossmann, Marcus A.
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
19th century
United States
London (England)
University of Chicago
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Harvard University
Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)

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