Anthony Zee

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Anthony Zee

Anthony Zee (born June 7, 1945 in Kunming , Republic of China ) is a Chinese -American theoretical physicist who primarily deals with quantum field theory and elementary particle physics.

Live and act

Zee went to a Catholic school in São Paulo and studied at Princeton and Harvard , where he did his doctorate in theoretical physics with Sidney Coleman in 1970 with the thesis Asymptotic symmetry, duality, and electromagnetic masses (he never did his master's degree, but received an honorary master's degree in 1978 from the University of Pennsylvania). 1970 to 1972 and 1977/78 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study and 1972/73 at Rockefeller University . From 1973 to 1978 he was a Sloan Research Fellow and at Princeton University. Zee was an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania from 1978 to 1980 and at the University of Washington from 1980 to 1985 .

He is currently professor at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and at the University of California at Santa Barbara , where he has been since 1985.

Zee has over 200 publications on particle physics (including GUTs and proton decay, baryon generation , neutrino physics), quantum field theories (anomalies, etc.), condensed matter physics (high-temperature superconductivity , quantum Hall effect , Anyon theory), theory of random matrices and disordered systems as well as biophysics (spread of diseases, RNA folding, etc.). In the 1970s he also wrote a. a. with Frank Wilczek early work on the consequences of the asymptotic freedom of quantum chromodynamics and on the decays of hadrons with the heavy quarks (charm quarks) that were just discovered at the time.

Zee also wrote a textbook on quantum field theory with the aim of limiting himself to the essentials.

In 2014 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences .


  • Magic symmetry- the aesthetics in modern physics. Insel Taschenbuch, Frankfurt 1993, ISBN 3-458-33201-4 , English Fearful Symmetry. Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-00946-9 .
  • An Old Man's Toy - gravity at work and play in Einstein's Universe. Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-02-633440-2 (also called "Einstein's Universe" at OUP).
  • Swallowing clouds. University of Washington Press, ISBN 978-0-671-74724-4 (on Chinese culture).
  • as co-author and editor: Unity of forces in the Universe. World Scientific 1982, 2 volumes (Reprint Volume on GUTs, with an introductory lecture by Zee)
  • Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell. Princeton University Press, 2003, ISBN 978-0-691-01019-9 .

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References and comments

  1. Anthony Zee in the Mathematics Genealogy Project (English)Template: MathGenealogyProject / Maintenance / id used
  2. z. B. Zee, Wilczek: Families from Spinors. In: Physical Review D , 25, 1982, p. 553;
    Zee, Wilczek: Horizontal symmetries and weak mixing angles. In: Physical Review Letters. Volume 42, 1979, p. 421.
  3. z. B. Zee, Wilczek: Operator Analysis of Nucleon Decay. In: Phys. Rev. Lett. 43, 1979, p. 1571.
  4. z. B. Toussaint, Treiman, Wilczek, Zee: Matter-Antimatter Accounting, Thermodynamics, and Black Hole Radiation. In: Physical Review D , Volume 19, 1979, p. 1036.
  5. z. B. Zee: From baryons to quarks through Pi 0 decay. In: Physics Letters B , Volume 95, 1980, p. 290.
  6. ^ Zee: Quantum Hall Fluids . 1995. arxiv : cond-mat / 9501022
  7. z. B. Wen , Zee: Quantum disorder, duality and fractional statistics in 2 + 1 dimensions. In: Physical Review Letters. Vol. 62, 1989, p. 1937;
    Arovas, Wilczek, Schrieffer, Zee: Statistical mechanics of Anyons. In: Nuclear Physics , B 251, 1985, p. 217.
  8. ^ Brezin, Zee: Correlation function of disordered systems . 1993. arxiv : cond-mat / 9310012
  9. Zee, A DeRujula, Glashow, Politzer, Frank Wilczek: Possible non-Regge Behavior of Electrochemical Production Structure Functions. In: Physical Review D , Volume 10, 1974, p. 1649.