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Rudolf Peierls

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Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, (5 June 1907, Berlin – 19 September 1995, Oxford), was a German-born British physicist. Rudolph Peierls had a major role in Britain's nuclear program, but he also had a role in many modem sciences.

Peierls' argument

Before the explicit solution by Lars Onsager, Peierls put forward an ingenuous argument showing that the two-dimensional Ising model must have a phase transition (at a finite temperature). The argument considers the entropy associated with the interface between domains with different orientations (Ref. 1).


  • Rudolf Peierls "More surprises in Theoretical Physics". Princeton University Press (1991) ISBN 0-691-02522-3