New PDF release: Arnold Sommerfeld: Science, Life and Turbulent Times

By Michael Eckert

the topic of the ebook is a biography of the theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951). even supposing Sommerfeld is legendary as a quantum theorist for the elaboration of the semi-classical atomic idea (Bohr-Sommerfeld version, Sommerfeld's fine-structure constant), his function within the historical past of recent physics isn't restricted to atoms and quanta.
Sommerfeld left his mark within the heritage of arithmetic, fluid mechanics, a few actual subdisciplines and, specifically, as founding father of a most efficient "school" (Peter Debye, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Linus Pauling and Hans Bethe have been his students, to call basically the Nobel laureates between them). This biography is to a wide volume in line with fundamental resource fabric (correspondence, diaries, unpublished manuscripts). it may be of specific curiosity to scholars who're willing to understand extra in regards to the ancient roots of contemporary technology.
Sommerfeld lived via turbulent instances of German historical past (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 common curiosity within the heritage of technological know-how and technology.

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