Tonight, I sing for my supper! But not to worry, I'll have a table of singing friends to do it with, and it's all for a good cause. Oh, and there's a #Georgian group, a #Hungarian group, another Georgian geoup, and 200 or so happy people around to keep us company in good #pubsing (#porchsing ) fashion.
Today on the 17th of November 1902, Eugene Wigner was born. He was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist, engineer and mathematician. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 "for his contributions to the theory of the atomic nucleus and the elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles".
Wigner and Hermann Weyl were responsible for introducing group theory into physics, particularly the theory of symmetry in physics.
He performed ground-breaking work in pure mathematics, in which he authored a number of mathematical theorems.
Wigner's theorem is a cornerstone in the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics.
Wigner participated in a meeting with Leo Szilard and Albert Einstein that resulted in the Einstein-Szilard letter, which prompted President Franklin D. Roosevelt to initiate the Manhattan Project to develop atomic bombs.