About Science, Myself and Others by V.L. Ginzburg

By V.L. Ginzburg

In approximately technology, Myself and Others, Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg, co-recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics and Editor of the assessment magazine Physics-Uspekhi, offers an perception into smooth physics, the lives and works of alternative trendy physicists he has identified, and perception into his personal existence and perspectives on physics and past.

Divided into 3 components, the publication begins with a evaluate of the most important difficulties in modern physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, interpreting their historic improvement and why they pose any such problem to modern-day physicists and for society. half One additionally comprises info of a few of Professor Ginzburg's paintings, together with superconductivity and superfluidity. half encompasses numerous articles at the lives and works of a number of renowned physicists, together with the writer. The 3rd half is a set of articles that supply a private view of the writer, describing his own perspectives and memories on various wider subject matters.

Taken jointly, this selection of articles creates an stress-free evaluate of physics, its philosophy, and key avid gamers in its sleek improvement within the twentieth Century. unquestionably, it will likely be an relaxing learn for pro physicists and non-scientists alike.

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For example, the LIGO system (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, USA) consists of two widely spaced ‘antennae’ each 4 km long. In this installation, it will be possible to detect a mirror displacement (occurring under the action of an incoming gravitational wave) of 10−16 cm and, further on, even smaller displacements. The LIGO and analogous installations now being constructed in Europe and Japan will be put into operation in the near future. This will be the starting point of gravitational wave astronomy (for more detail, see [73]).

38 × 10−16 erg K−1 is the Boltzmann constant. Obviously, even for a black hole of mass 10−2 M (no smaller self-luminous stellar object exists), quantum radiation is negligible. But, for miniholes, the situation changes and a minihole of mass smaller than approximately Mbh ∼ 1015 g would not have lived up to our epoch (see [2, section 22]). The radiation of such miniholes can, in principle, be revealed but no indications of the existence of such objects have been reported. One should bear in mind that miniholes can be formed but the efficiency of this process is unknown.

7 In addition, it became clear that some ‘vacuum matter’, 7 In popular cosmological literature, the cosmological expansion is frequently treated as an explosion of some mass in an empty space with a subsequent expansion of the Copyright © 2005 IOP Publishing Ltd. 26 Problems of physics and astrophysics (thirty years later) frequently termed as ‘dark energy’ or ‘quintessence’, also substantially contributes to the value of Ω. This question (which will be discussed later) is closely related to the so-called Λ-term emerging in GR.

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