Meson fields and nuclear interaction. Offprint.
Publisher Information: 1946.
Klein, Oskar (1894-1977). Meson fields and nuclear interaction. Offprint from Arkiv för Matematik, Astronomi och Fysik 34A (1946). 19pp. 217 x 141 mm. Original printed wrappers, slightly sunned, faint creasing. Very good. Notes in English in an unidentified hand, headed “Lecture Brown April 28 ’47 / Interaction radiation & matter,” on the verso of the last leaf and both sides of the back wrapper.
First Edition, Offprint Issue. In 1926 Klein made an “elegant attempt” to unify gravity and electromagnetism with his Klein-Kaluza five-dimensional theory. “In 1947 [sic] Klein tried to incorporate meson forces into this theory. In order to confine the charge of the mesons to integral positive and negative multiples of the elementary charge, the wave function must be a periodic function of the fifth coordinate, and this periodicity introduced a fundamental length scale into the theory. Klein was the first to recognize the similarity of the newly discovered muon decay to nuclear beta decay. This was the first indication of the universal Fermi interaction for weak interactions” (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).
The offprint of Klein’s paper was printed on 31 December 1946; the journal article appeared in the 1947-48 volume of the Arkiv för Matematik, Astronomi och Fysik. We have not been able to identify the author of the handwritten notes in this copy.Book Id: 50997