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Journal of No. 118

March 7th, 2005

Bethe Decay @ 03:27 pm

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Hans Bethe dies at age 98.
He was one of the many world-class German physicists who left when the Nazis came to power. Like many of them, he worked on the Manhattan Project; indeed, Bethe headed up the theoretical division. His Nobel Prize was awarded for his work on explaining the fusion process that fuels stars. He was also responsible for explaining the Lamb Shift, a development that led to modern quantum field theories, specifically quantum electrodynamics (QED).
But he will be best remembered for the legendary paper (Physical Review - April 1st, 1948) co-authored with George Gamow and Ralph Alpher that provided mathematical details of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. Bethe didn’t actually contribute anything, but Gamow insisted that the paper be bylined Alpher-Bethe-Gamow.
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Date:March 8th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)

speaking of dead geniuses who ushered in the modern age...

Kirsten spotted a new book out called Strange Anagel: The Otherworldy Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons.

He built rockets and held orgiastic black magic rituals. He helped found JPL. Should I read this book?
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Date:March 8th, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)

Re: speaking of dead geniuses who ushered in the modern age...

I haven't heard of that particular book, but I know there's also Sex & Rockets (which I haven't read either).

Journal of No. 118