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Climbing the MountainThe Scientific Biography of Julian Schwinger$
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Jagdish Mehra and Kimball Milton

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198527459

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198527459.001.0001

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Move to UCLA and continuing concerns

Move to UCLA and continuing concerns

(p.481) 14 Move to UCLA and continuing concerns
Climbing the Mountain



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Julian Schwinger left Harvard University in 1971 to move to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), perhaps because he perceived that his source theory had received a chilly reception at Harvard, and thought (rather erroneously as it turned out) that UCLA, where he intended to go, would be more hospitable. Schwinger wished his audiences to rid themselves of all the machinery of operator quantum field theory that they had so laboriously acquired. Less comprehensible was the outright hostility expressed in many quarters. But probably at least as important for his relocation was the fact he had been at Harvard for 25 years, and felt the need for a change. This chapter looks at Schwinger's renewed interest in strong-field electrodynamics while at UCLA, the discovery of an extremely narrow spin-1 resonance coupling to the photon by researchers at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Schwinger's two papers on renormalisation group without renormalisation group, deep inelastic scattering and Schwinger's reaction to partons and quarks, source theory and general relativity, magnetic charge and dyons, and supersymmetry.

Keywords:   Harvard University, University of California, source theory, strong-field electrodynamics, renormalisation group, deep inelastic scattering, magnetic charge, supersymmetry, general relativity

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