Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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What do I get from giving a Journal Club talk? How about publishing a paper on it!
Chung-Sang Ng
Physics Dept. and GI, UAF

This is not a space physics talk, but is about a problem in Classical Electrodynamics and Relativity. The story started in 1921, 16 years after Einstein's paper on Special Relativity, and only 6 years after the beginning of the theory of General Relativity, a 21 year old young student, W. Pauli, published a paper (his "Journal Club" report?) reviewing both the theories of Special and General Relativity. (That paper was later published as a book: "Theory of Relativity", which you can still buy now for about $10.) He did something more than just reviewing, he provided his "personal views upon some controversial questions". One question remains controversial even now is whether a uniformly accelerated charge radiates or not. Pauli claimed it doesn't in his book, which surely attracted much opposition later. When I was a student working on my master degree, I was fascinated by this problem and did a Journal review talk for my Electrodynamics course. Later when I was a PhD student, I also published a paper on this problem providing my 2 cents. I'll talk about this, hoping to convince some students that sometimes giving a Journal Club talk reviewing other people's work might inspire their own research.

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Friday, 22 January 2010
Globe Room, Elvey Building
3:45 PM