From the history of physics

Mysteries of diffusion and labyrinths of destiny

Institute ofNuclear Fusion, Russian Research Centre Kurchatov Institute, pl. Kurchatova 46, Moscow, 123182, Russian Federation

The role of prominent Soviet physicist B I Davydov in the development of our understanding of diffusion is briefly reviewed, with emphasis on the ideas he put forward in the 1930s: introducing additional partial derivatives into diffusion equations and extending diffusion concepts to phase space.

PACS: 01.65.+g, 05.20.Dd, 52.25.Dg (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2003v046n03ABEH001289
Citation: Bakunin O G "Mysteries of diffusion and labyrinths of destiny" Phys. Usp. 46 309–313 (2003)
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