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GELL-MANN, Murray.

Symmetries of Baryons and Mesons.

[In] The Physical Review. Volume 125, Number 3, pages 1067-1084.

Lancaster, PA and New York: for the American Physical Society by the American Institute of Physics, February 1, 1962 Stock Code: 83282
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First edition, first printing of Gell-Mann's most cited paper, which introduced his "Eightfold Way", work that would lead to his Nobel Prize in 1969. In the decades following the Second World War physicists discovered an astonishing array of particles but struggled to explain their relationships and how they fit into the overall structure of the universe. Gell-Man's Eightfold Way scheme "brought order out of the chaos created by the discovery of some 100 kinds of particles in collisions involving atomic nuclei. Gell-Mann subsequently found that all of those particles, including the neutron and proton, are composed of fundamental building blocks that he named 'quarks,' with very unusual properties. That idea has since been fully confirmed by experiment. The quarks are permanently confined by forces coming from the exchange of 'gluons.'" (Nobel Prize committee.)

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Octavo. Original green wrappers printed in black. Housed in a turquoise cloth chemise.


Ownership signature to upper wrapper. Wrappers very slightly rubbed and scuffed, some wear to ends of spine that has been professionally repaired, faint toning to spine and edges of wrappers. An excellent copy.


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