Schwinger‘s work extended to almost every frontier of modern theoretical physics. He had a profound influence on physics both directly and through being the academic adviser for more than 70 doctoral students and more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, many of whom became the outstanding theorists of their generation.
“…it is hard to imagine what physics would be like at the end of the millennium without the contributions of Julian Schwinger, a private man but a great scientist and a superb teacher with dozens of the now best established theoretical physicists among his students, including three Nobel laureates…”
CERN Courier, 2002
“Renormalization was one of the great peaks of the development of fundamental physics in this century. Scaling the peaks was a difficult enterprise. It required technical skill, courage, subtle judgments, and great persistence. Many people had contributed to this enterprise. Many many people can climb the peak now. But, the person who first conquered the peak was Julian Schwinger.”
Quoted by Chen Ning Yang in
- Yee Jack Ng (ed.), “Julian Schwinger: The Physicist, The Teacher, and The Man”, World Scientific, Singapore (1996). [ISBN:9-810-22532-6] p.177.
After 1989 Schwinger took a keen interest in the research of low-energy nuclear fusion reactions (AKA cold fusion). He wrote eight theory papers about it. He resigned from the American Physical Society after their refusal to publish his papers. He felt that cold fusion research was being suppressed and academic freedom violated. He wrote:
“The pressure for conformity is enormous. I have experienced it in editors’ rejection of submitted papers, based on venomous criticism of anonymous referees. The replacement of impartial reviewing by censorship will be the death of science.”
Julian Schwinger on arXiv:
- Julian Schwinger, “The Greening of Quantum Field Theory: George and I”, arXiv:hep-ph/9310283.
- Kimball Alan Milton, “Julian Schwinger: Source Theory and the UCLA Years — From Magnetic Charge to the Casimir Effect”, arXiv:hep-ph/9505293.
- Kimball Alan Milton, “Julian Schwinger and the Casimir Effect: The Reality of Zero-Point Energy”, arXiv:hep-th/9811054.
- Mario Rabinowitz, “ In Memory of Julian Schwinger”, arXiv:physics/0303078.
- Kimball Alan Milton, “Julian Schwinger (1918–1994)”, arXiv:physics/0606153.
- Kimball Alan Milton, “Julian Schwinger: Nuclear Physics, the Radiation Laboratory, Renormalized QED, Source Theory, and Beyond”, arXiv:physics/0610054.
“Schwinger’s work was independent, brilliant and often very original.”
Mathematical Reviews, 2003
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- Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Alan Milton and Peter Rembiesa, “The Young Julian Schwinger. I. A New York City Childhood”, Foundations of Physics 29 (5), 767–786 (1999). [doi:10.1023/A:1018878624422]
- Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Alan Milton and Peter Rembiesa, “The Young Julian Schwinger. II. Julian Schwinger at Columbia University”, Foundations of Physics 29 (5), 787–817 (1999). [doi:10.1023/A:1018830708492]
- Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Alan Milton and Peter Rembiesa, “The Young Julian Schwinger. III. Schwinger Goes to Berkeley”, Foundations of Physics 29 (6), 931–966 (1999). [doi:10.1023/A:1018873312552]
- Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Alan Milton and Peter Rembiesa, “The Young Julian Schwinger. IV. During the Second World War”, Foundations of Physics 29 (6), 967–1010 (1999). [doi:10.1023/A:1018825429390]
- Jagdish Mehra, Kimball Alan Milton and Peter Rembiesa, “The Young Julian Schwinger. V. Winding Up at the Radiation Lab, Going to Harvard, and Marriage”, Foundations of Physics 29 (7), 1119–1162 (1999). [doi:10.1023/A:1018841800257]
- Kimball Alan Milton, “In Appreciation Julian Schwinger: From Nuclear Physics and Quantum Electrodynamics to Source Theory and Beyond”, Physics in Perspective 9 (1), 70–114 (2007). [doi:10.1007/s00016-007-0326-6]