The conference, which was organized by George Washington University Professors George Gamow and Edward Teller and jointly sponsored by the Carnegie Institute for Science and GWU, was supposed to be centered on the subject of low-temperature physics and superconductivity, but the importance of such a revolutionary event could not be ignored. After receiving the news in a letter, physicist Lise Meitner and her nephew, Otto Frisch, correctly interpreted the results as evidence of nuclear fission. Frisch confirmed this experimentally on January 13, Instead he encountered a young graduate student named Herbert Anderson. He had no laboratory and no equipment.

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Joseph earned a Ph. Robert earned a Ph. Mary studied library science at the University of Denver and became a librarian. After they returned to Youngstown he attended Rayen High School. His dissertation research work, carried out under the supervision of Karl Herzfeld , was on the "Theory of the Dispersion and Absorption of Helium ".

Although it was a lesser position, he felt that Princeton, which was building up its physics department, was a better career choice. Due to the problematic divergences present in quantum field theory at that time, Heisenberg was motivated to isolate the essential features of the theory that would not be affected by future changes as the theory developed.

In doing so he was led to introduce a unitary "characteristic" S-matrix, which became an important tool in particle physics. Due to a limitation of the liquid drop model, they all missed the opportunity to predict nuclear fission. Bohr told Leon Rosenfeld , who informed Wheeler.

George Placzek asked Bohr why uranium seemed to fission with both very fast and very slow neutrons. Walking to a meeting with Wheeler, Bohr had an insight that the fission at low energies was due to the uranium isotope , while at high energies it was mainly due to the far more abundant uranium isotope.

Richard Feynman , his graduate student, found this hard to believe, but the idea that positrons were electrons traveling backwards in time intrigued him and Feynman incorporated the notion of the reversibility of time into his Feynman diagrams. Christy on "Chain Reaction of Pure Fissionable Materials in Solution", which was important in the plutonium purification process. He moved his family to Wilmington in March Xenon turned out to have a neutron capture cross-section of well over 2 million barns.

The problem was corrected by adding additional fuel rods to burn out the poison. His brother Joe, fighting in Italy, sent him a postcard with a simple message: "Hurry up". This paper, written and privately circulated in but not published until , [44] resulted in a series of measurements of the Chang radiation emitted by muons.

The Sausage was the first true hydrogen bomb ever tested. The detonation of Joe-1 by the Soviet Union prompted an all-out effort by the United States, led by Teller, to develop the more powerful hydrogen bomb in response.

Henry D. Most physicists were, like Wheeler, trying to re-establish careers interrupted by the war and were reluctant to face more disruption. Others had moral objections. Teller and Wheeler created a new design known as "Alarm Clock", but it was not a true thermonuclear weapon. Not until January did Ulam come up with a workable design. Matterhorn S for stellarator , another name coined by Wheeler , under Lyman Spitzer, investigated nuclear fusion as a power source.

Matterhorn B for bomb , under Wheeler, engaged in nuclear weapons research. Senior scientists remained uninterested and aloof from the project, so he staffed it with young graduate and post-doctoral students. This resulted in Wheeler being given an official reprimand. The yield of the Ivy Mike "Sausage" device was reckoned at In a paper, he theoretically investigated the geon , an electromagnetic or gravitational wave that is held together in a confined region by the attraction of its own field.

He coined the name as a contraction of "gravitational electromagnetic entity. His research on the subject was published in and Wheeler and his students made substantial contributions to the field during the Golden Age of General Relativity.

Bohr asked if they were stable and further research by Wheeler determined that they are not. American astrophysicist and publisher Hong-Yee Chiu , said he remembered a seminar in Princeton University , perhaps as early as , when the physicist Robert H. Dicke spoke about gravitationally collapsed objects as "like the Black Hole of Calcutta. He was appointed as the director of the Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Texas at Austin in and remained in the position until , when he retired [13] and became a professor emeritus.

That, however, was not because Wheeler produced seminal research papers on quantum information. He did not—with one major exception, his delayed-choice experiment. These experiments are attempts to decide whether light somehow "senses" the experimental apparatus in the double-slit experiment that it will travel through, and adjusts its behavior to fit by assuming the appropriate determinate state, or whether light remains in an indeterminate state, neither wave nor particle, and responds to the "questions" asked of it in either a wave-consistent manner or a particle-consistent manner, depending on the experimental arrangements that ask these "questions".

Klauder , William Unruh , Robert M. This led to the voluminous general relativity textbook Gravitation , co-written with Misner and Thorne. Its timely appearance during the golden age of general relativity and its comprehensiveness made it an influential relativity textbook for a generation. At Princeton he supervised 46 PhDs, more than any other professor in the Princeton physics department. His writing style could also attract parodies, including one by "John Archibald Wyler" that was affectionately published by a relativity journal.

According to this " it from bit " doctrine, all things physical are information-theoretic in origin: Wheeler: It from bit. In this variant, the respondent does not choose or decide upon any particular or definite object beforehand, but only on a pattern of "Yes" or "No" answers. This variant requires the respondent to provide a consistent set of answers to successive questions, so that each answer can be viewed as logically compatible with all the previous answers.

In this way, successive questions narrow the options until the questioner settles upon a definite object. He called it a pseudoscience , [83] saying he did not oppose earnest research into the questions, but he thought the "air of legitimacy" of being an AAAS-Affiliate should be reserved until convincing tests of at least a few so-called psi effects could be demonstrated. Rhine had committed fraud as a student, for which he apologized in a subsequent letter to the journal Science.

They became engaged on their third date, but agreed to defer marriage until after he returned from Europe. They were married on June 10, , five days after his return. He received honorary degrees from 18 different institutions.

Wheeler Lecture Hall in his honor. New York: Academic Press. Harrison, B. Kent; Kip S. Gravitation Theory and Gravitational Collapse. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. Misner, Charles W. Thorne; John Archibald Wheeler September San Francisco: W. ISBN Wheeler, John Archibald Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Cosmology, Physics and Philosophy 2nd ed.

New York: Springer Verlag. A Journey Into Gravity and Spacetime. Scientific American Library. New York: W.



A year later, he accepted an offer to be an assistant professor of physics at Princeton University. Wheeler began to think about one of the questions that were to occupy his attention for many years, the structure of the atomic nucleus, while studying with Bohr. At the time, two models of the nucleus were popular, one which emphasized the properties of the nucleus as a whole and one that emphasized the properties of the nucleons protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus. More than a decade later, in , Wheeler and a colleague, D. Wheeler, in collaboration with Bohr, also devised a theory explaining the process of nuclear fission, predicting the fissility of plutonium produced from the isotope uranium Wheeler also worked during the s with Feynman on the problem of action at a distance. From to , he served at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, where the first atomic bombs were assembled and tested.



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John Archibald Wheeler

Joseph earned a Ph. Robert earned a Ph. Mary studied library science at the University of Denver and became a librarian. After they returned to Youngstown he attended Rayen High School. His dissertation research work, carried out under the supervision of Karl Herzfeld , was on the "Theory of the Dispersion and Absorption of Helium ".


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