Arnold Sommerfeld: Science, Life and Turbulent Times by Michael Eckert PDF

By Michael Eckert

ISBN-10: 1461474604

ISBN-13: 9781461474609

the topic of the booklet is a biography of the theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951). even if Sommerfeld is legendary as a quantum theorist for the elaboration of the semi-classical atomic thought (Bohr-Sommerfeld version, Sommerfeld's fine-structure constant), his function within the heritage of contemporary physics isn't really limited to atoms and quanta.
Sommerfeld left his mark within the historical past of arithmetic, fluid mechanics, a couple of actual subdisciplines and, particularly, as founding father of a best "school" (Peter Debye, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe have been his scholars, to call merely the Nobel laureates between them). This biography is to a wide volume in keeping with fundamental resource fabric (correspondence, diaries, unpublished manuscripts). it may be of specific curiosity to scholars who're prepared to understand extra in regards to the historic roots of contemporary technological know-how.
Sommerfeld lived via turbulent occasions of German background (Wilhelmian Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi period). His existence, consequently, illustrates how technological know-how and scientists practice in altering social environments. From this angle, the biography also needs to allure readers with a basic curiosity within the background of technology and technology.

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