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1961 La Jolla meeting: taking Oppenheimer to lunch


Geoff Chew and mass shell field theory
Murray Gell-Mann Scientist
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Geoff Chew, who had been working with Francis Low on the Chew-Low approach to the non-relativistic meson theory–that is non-relativistic for the nucleons. Geoff came to visit and I admired him greatly and I enjoyed interacting with him a lot. And Murph and I tried to teach him this new method on mass shell field theory. And he offered great resistance to learning it. He said he didn't understand how we were going to put in, which theory we were talking about. And we said, "Well, either through a Born approximation or through some boundary condition". He said, "Well, somehow that doesn't satisfy me, I don't understand what you're doing", and so on and so forth, and this continued for a number of years. Gradually he began to like it.

New York-born physicist Murray Gell-Mann (1929-2019) was known for his creation of the eightfold way, an ordering system for subatomic particles, comparable to the periodic table. His discovery of the omega-minus particle filled a gap in the system, brought the theory wide acceptance and led to Gell-Mann's winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969.

Listeners: Geoffrey West

Geoffrey West is a Staff Member, Fellow, and Program Manager for High Energy Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also a member of The Santa Fe Institute. He is a native of England and was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. 1961). He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1966 followed by post-doctoral appointments at Cornell and Harvard Universities. He returned to Stanford as a faculty member in 1970. He left to build and lead the Theoretical High Energy Physics Group at Los Alamos. He has numerous scientific publications including the editing of three books. His primary interest has been in fundamental questions in Physics, especially those concerning the elementary particles and their interactions. His long-term fascination in general scaling phenomena grew out of his work on scaling in quantum chromodynamics and the unification of all forces of nature. In 1996 this evolved into the highly productive collaboration with James Brown and Brian Enquist on the origin of allometric scaling laws in biology and the development of realistic quantitative models that analyse the influence of size on the structural and functional design of organisms.

Tags: Geoffrey Chew, Francis Low, Murph Goldberger

Duration: 48 seconds

Date story recorded: October 1997

Date story went live: 24 January 2008