Synopses & Reviews
This reference book on the Skyrme model of hadron matter aims at presenting to researchers and advanced undergraduate students the current state of the art of this simplest description of hadron structure and interactions. Having traced the evolution of the model from Skyrme's ideas as given in his pioneering papers, the book gives a thorough overview of relevant problems that can serve as an introduction for researchers who are new to this field. Furthermore, multidimensional nonlinear models are discussed, such as the generalization of Hobart-Derrick's theorem. A set of appendices with technical derivations and a list of references complete the book.
The December 1988 issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics A is dedicated to the memory of Tony Hilton Royle Skyrme. It contains an informative account of his life by Dalitz and Aitchison's reconstruction of a talk by Skyrme on the origin of the Skyrme model. From these pages, we learn that Tony Skyrme was born in England in December 1922. He grew up in that country during a period of increasing economic and political turbulence in Europe and elsewhere. In 1943, after Cambridge, he joined the British war effort in making the atomic bomb. He was associated with military projects throughout the war years and began his career as an academic theoretical physicist only in 1946. During 1946-61, he was associated with Cambridge, Birmingham and Harwell and was engaged in wide-ranging investigations in nuclear physics. It was this research which eventually culminated in his studies of nonlinear field theories and his remarkable proposals for the description of the nucleon as a chiral soliton. In his talk, Skyrme described the reasons behind his extraordinary sug gestions, which when first made must have seemed bizarre. According to him, ideas of this sort go back many decades and occur in the work of Sir William Thomson, who later became Lord Kelvin. Skyrme had heard of Kelvin in his youth."
The Skyrme Model is the model of hadron matter proposed by the British physicist T.H.R. Skyrme in 1961. It is now regarded the simplest model for an adequate description of hadron structure and interaction. Since no summarizing reference book has been written up to now, researchers in high energy, nuclear and particle physics will find here the first thorough description of this model.