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Cosmic AngerAbdus Salam - The First Muslim Nobel Scientist$
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Gordon Fraser

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208463.001.0001

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The men who knew infinities

The men who knew infinities

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(p.86) 6 The men who knew infinities
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Cosmic Anger
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Gordon Fraser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208463.003.0006

This chapter focuses on developments in quantum physics and Salam's participation in this endeavor. In October 1951, the Reviews of Modern Physics journal carried ‘The Renormalization of Meson Theories’ by Paul Matthews and Abdus Salam. The crude, hand-drawn sketches representing quantum particle behaviour belie their scientific importance. Here was the promise of an ultimate theory, which would explain the intricate mechanisms of subnuclear mechanics and enable precise calculations to be made, just as quantum electrodynamics had explained and gauged the Lamb shift.

Keywords:   Dirac, quantum physics, Abdus Salam, ulitmate theory, quantum mechanics

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