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Fellow graduate students at Cornell


Introduction to strong interactions
Freeman Dyson Scientist
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Then I went back to Cornell and, of course, I didn't work on the spin half problem because of Scalettar and so I tried to find problems then in strong interaction, because I learned the strong interaction stuff from Kemmer - his course in nuclear physics. So I thought maybe I could do something with strong interactions, and I worked on that, and the main thing I did, I suppose, was just the equivalence between scalar and vector interactions for scalar mesons, and that was a little note in the Physcial Review. This was my introduction to strong interaction physics, and that was about all I did during that year. But I learned, of course, I was going to classes and learning a tremendous lot.

Freeman Dyson (1923-2020), who was born in England, moved to Cornell University after graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in Mathematics. He subsequently became a professor and worked on nuclear reactors, solid state physics, ferromagnetism, astrophysics and biology. He published several books and, among other honours, was awarded the Heineman Prize and the Royal Society's Hughes Medal.

Listeners: Sam Schweber

Silvan Sam Schweber is the Koret Professor of the History of Ideas and Professor of Physics at Brandeis University, and a Faculty Associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. He is the author of a history of the development of quantum electro mechanics, "QED and the men who made it", and has recently completed a biography of Hans Bethe and the history of nuclear weapons development, "In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist" (Princeton University Press, 2000).

Tags: Cornell University, Richard Scalettar, Nicholas Kemmer

Duration: 57 seconds

Date story recorded: June 1998

Date story went live: 24 January 2008