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[Byers, Nina] Feynman, Richard
The Theory of Fundamental Processes
First edition, first printing. From the library of pioneering female physicist Nina Byers (1930-2014), who made important contributions to particle physics and superconductivity and had a humorous personal connection with Feynman, earning her a mention in Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman. Byers received her bachelors in physics at Berkeley and then studied under Murray Gell-Mann and Gregor Wenzl at Chicago, completing her thesis on pi-mesic atoms in 1956. In 1961 (the same year that this book was published) she joined the faculty at UCLA where she worked on particle physics as "the first and the only female in the Physics department for 20 years" (Los Angeles Times obituary). Byers remained at UCLA for the rest of her career, through for several years she split her time between Los Angeles and the UK after she was appointed the first female physics lecturer at Oxford. During the 1970s and 80s Byers and her students were engaged in cutting edge research on areas such as gauge theories of the electroweak interactions, quarkonium, and bound state systems (UCLA Physics & Astronomy department obituary). At the same time she was deeply involved with the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Nina served as President of the APS Forum on History of Physics, a position earned through her dedication to promoting the understanding of two weighty subjects: the role of women in physics, and the examination of physicists' role in the development and deployment of nuclear weapons" (UCLA obituary). One of Byer's most significant projects … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Alembic Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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