LIVRE Quantum mechanics : non-relativistic theory Landau, L. D. / Lifshitz, E. M.
, 515pp., very good gray cloth, slight wear, partial dust-jacket laid in, previous owner's name stamp on front endpaper, Volume Three of Course of Theoretical Physics. - Lev Davidovich Landau (1908-1968) was the mercurial genius behind the Course of Theoretical Physics; Evgenii Mikhailovich Lifshitz 1915-1985 was the industrious co-author who also poured his own work into the editions. The Landau and Lifshitz "Course" became an international standard but did not emerge from the ether. There was no theoretical school of physics in Russia after the revolution, but Paul Ehrenfest (who had been in St. Petersburg before moving to Leiden in 1912) had trained several top students. Landau studied abroad in 1929-1930, especially with Niels Bohr in Denmark. In 1932 he brought these concepts of teaching and training to the Kharkov Physical-Technical Institute, and introduced his own famous examination program, "the theoretical minimum." With the Nazi takeover in Germany, Kharkov became an unlikely center for international scholars in the mid-1930s as well. This, too, declined under totalitarian repression. Landau left after five years, under political pressure, imprisonment, and a fortunate rescue through the intervention of Peter Kapitza. Landau was critically injured in a car crash in 1962 and died in 1968. The Course was completed in 9 volumes, much revised and updated, by Lifschitz. . N° de réf. du libraire 70783