By Michael Eckert

the topic of the publication is a biography of the theoretical physicist Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951). even supposing Sommerfeld is known as a quantum theorist for the elaboration of the semi-classical atomic concept (Bohr-Sommerfeld version, Sommerfeld's fine-structure constant), his function within the background of contemporary physics isn't constrained to atoms and quanta.
Sommerfeld left his mark within the background 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 in simple terms the Nobel laureates between them). This biography is to a wide volume in line with fundamental resource fabric (correspondence, diaries, unpublished manuscripts). it's going to be of specific curiosity to scholars who're willing to grasp extra concerning the historic roots of contemporary technology.
Sommerfeld lived via turbulent instances of German background (Wilhelmian Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi period). His existence, consequently, illustrates how technology and scientists practice in altering social environments. From this attitude, the biography also needs to allure readers with a normal curiosity within the historical past of technological know-how and technology.

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