Perspectives in Theoretical Physics

Perspectives in Theoretical Physics

The Collected Papers of E\M\Lifshitz

1st Edition - January 1, 1992

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  • Authors: J. B. Sykes, D. ter Haar
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984711

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Evgenii Mikhailovich Lifshitz is perhaps best known for his long association with his mentor Lev D Landau, with whom he co-wrote the classic Course of Theoretical Physics, but he was a noted and respected Soviet physicist in his own right. Born in the Ukraine to a scientific family, his long and distinguished career will be remembered for three things - his collaboration with Landau on the internationally acclaimed Course of Theoretical Physics, his work as editor of the Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Physics, and his scientific papers. As well as his work with Landau, E\M\Lifshitz collaborated with many noted Soviet scientists such as I\M\Khalatnikov, I\E\Dyzaloshinskii, V\V\Sudakov, V\A\Belinskii and the editor of this book, L\P\Pitaevskii. Many of the papers presented in this book include their contribution. Collected together they give a comprehensive and penetrating insight into the man and his work, clearly showing Lifshitz's contribution to physics and the influences on his work.


For physicists, students of physics and those interested in scientific biographies.

Table of Contents

  • Selected papers: Introduction. Evgenii Mikhailovich Lifshitz. On the production of electrons and positrons by a collision of material particles. On the theory of the photoelectromagnetic effects in semiconductors. An electron gas in a magnetic field. The collisions of deuterons with heavy nuclei. Neutron transfer in collisions of heavy nuclei. On phase transitions in monomolecular films. On the magnetic structure of iron. On the gravitational stability of the expanding universe. Three-photon annihilation of electrons and positrons. Bremmsstrahlung in electron collisions. The specific heat of liquid helium He3. Theory of molecular attraction forces between condensed bodies. Influence of temperature on molecular attraction forces between condensed bodies. The theory of molecular attractive forces between solids. Hydrodynamic fluctuations. Second order phase transition in sodium nitrate. Van der Waals forces in liquid films. The general theory of Van der Waals forces. Singularities of cosmological solutions of gravitational equations. General cosmological solution of the gravitational equations with a singularity in time. Oscillatory approach to a singular point in the open cosmological model. Asymptotic analysis of oscillatory mode of approach to a singularity in homogeneous cosmological models. A general solution of the Einstein equations with a time singularity. On the stochasticity in relativistic cosmology. On the problem of the singularities in the general cosmological solution of the Einstein equations. Generic singularity studies revisited, final comment by editor.

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1992
  • Published: January 1, 1992
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984711

About the Authors

J. B. Sykes

D. ter Haar

About the Editor

L. P. Pitaevskii

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Physical Problems, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR

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