Today, I remembered reading the book titled “The Physicist’s Conception of Nature” edited by Jagdish Mehra, in my first year in college in Istanbul. When I discovered that book in the library of Bogazici University I was majoring in Electrical Engineering. The book had a mesmerizing effect on me and inspired me to double major in Physics and eventually pursue a Ph.D. degree in Physics.
With this opportunity, I wanted to pay my respects to the memory of Jagdish Mehra. You can read about his contributions in the Wikipedia article or Eric Weisstein’s World of Biography which mentions that
“Jagdish Mehra was trained as a theoretical physicist in the schools of Werner Heisenberg and Wolfgang Pauli. He came into close personal contact with all the creators of quantum mechanics, and has used these interactions to great advantage in The Historical Development of Quantum Theory (a six-volume work co-authored with Helmut Rechenberg). Mehra has published extensively on the historical and conceptual development of modern physics.”