Lars Onsager

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Lars Onsager (born in 1903 in Oslo, Norway, died in 1976) Nobel laureate in chemistry in 1968 for "for the discovery of the reciprocal relations bearing his name, which are fundamental for the thermodynamics of irreversible processes".

He is renown for his solution of the two-dimensional Ising model, a mathematical tour de force which made clear the nature of phase transitions. (The fact that the two-dimensional Ising model must have a phase transition was advanced by an argument by Rudolph Peierls).

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Publications list

Incomplete list:

  1. Lars Onsager "Reciprocal Relations in Irreversible Processes. I.", Physical Review 37 pp. 405 - 426 (1931)
  2. Lars Onsager "Reciprocal Relations in Irreversible Processes. II.", Physical Review 38 pp. 2265 - 2279 (1931)
  3. Lars Onsager "Electric Moments of Molecules in Liquids", Journal of the American Chemical Society 58 pp. 1486-1493 (1936)
  4. Lars Onsager "The effects of shape on the interaction of colloidal particles", Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 51 pp. 627-659 (1949)