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Faust in Copenhagen A Struggle for the Soul of Physics

ISBN-10: 0143113739

ISBN-13: 9780143113737

Edition: N/A

Authors: Gino Segre

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A physicist himself, Gino Segr writes about what scientists doand why they do itwith intimacy, clarity, and passion. In Faust in Copenhagen, he evokes the fleeting, magical moment when physicsand the worldwas about to lose its innocence forever. Known by physicists as the miracle year, 1932 saw the discovery of the neutron and antimatter, as well as the first artificially induced nuclear transmutations. However, while scientists celebrated these momentous discoverieswhich presaged the nuclear era and the emergence of big scienceduring a meeting at Niels Bohrs Copenhagen Institute, Europe was moving inexorably toward totalitarianism and war.
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Gino Segre is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert in high-energy elementary-particle theoretical physics. Segre has served as director of Theoretical Physics at the National Science Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.

Introduction
Munich Then and Now
The Changing Times
The 1920s
The Birth of the Quantum
Why Copenhagen?
The Meetings Begin
The 1932 Meeting
Goethe and Faust
In the Glow of Goethe
The "Copenhagen Faust"
The Front Row: The Old Guard
Niels Bohr
Paul Ehrenfest
Lise Meitner
The Front Row: The Revolutionaries
Old Age Is a Cold Fever
Werner Heisenberg
Wolfgang Pauli
Paul Dirac
Classical Mechanics versus Quantum Mechanics
The Front Row: The Young Ones
The Curse of the Knabenphysik
Max Delbruck
The Coming Storm
The Periodic Table
The New Kepler
Gottingen in 1922
Triumph and Crisis
The New Optimism
The Revolution Begins
Helgoland
Another Sleepless Night
Waves or Particles
Heisenberg versus Schrodinger
Uncertainty and Complementarity
The King in Decline
The Crucial Solvay Conference
Einstein-The King
The Great Synthesis
Dirac's Equation
How Max Delbruck Joined Knabenphysik
Physics Begins to Split
Delbruck's Choices
Conservation of Energy
The Mysteries of the Nucleus
The Barrier Is Too High
Heaven and Earth
The Revolutionary Proposals
The Three Young Geniuses Each Write a Book
The New Generation Comes of Age
The Apprenticeship
Copenhagen 1932
The "Blegdamsvej Faust"
Delbruck's Dilemma
The Miracle Year
The Discovery of the Neutron
Copenhagen and the Neutron
The Miracle Year
Big Science Is Born
The Hammer and the Needle
Ehrenfest's End
Epilogue: Or What Happened Afterward to the Front Row's Other Six
How Meitner Discovered Nuclear Fission
How Bohr Lived Happily Ever After
How Dirac Got Married
How Heisenberg Inspired His Friend to Paint Like Titian
How Pauli's Anima Made Him Leave the United States
How Delbruck Became a Biologist
Coda
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index