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  • 100 years of continous history since Bohr and Einstein.







  • I met Eugene Wigner while I was a graduate student at Princeton University (1958 - 1961), but he was not a thesis advisor. My advisor was Sam Treiman. Yet, I was interested in Wigner's 1939 paper on representations of the Poincaré group.

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    It is generally agreed that Wigner deserved the Nobel Prize for this paper, but he got the prize in 1963 for other reasons. I investigated this problem and showed that he indeed deserved the prize for this paper, and explained why this paper was not fully appreciated in 1963 when the Nobel citation was written.

  • Click here for further details, and see this table. Click here for an Arxived article on this subject.

    Einstein's World

    Massive/Slow between Massless/Fast
    Energy
    Momentum
    E=p2/2m Einstein's
    E=(m2 + p2)1/2
    E = cp
    Spin, Gauge,
    Helicity
    S3
    S1 S2
    Wigner's
    Little Group
    S3
    Gauge Trans.
    Hadrons,
    Bound States
    Gell-Mann's
    Quark Model
    One
    Lorentz-Covariant
    Entity
    Feynman's
    Parton Picture

    This table is from my PRL paper published in 1989.
    Since I made a contribution to the 3rd row of the above table, I am known as Wigner's student in the physics community.





Why is he with Einstein?
This webpage is mained by Y. S. Kim. The 1959 photo of Feynman and Gell-Mann is licensed from the Caltech Photo Archives.