Establishing Quantum Physics in Berlin [electronic resource] : Einstein and the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics, 1917–1922 / by Hubert Goenner, Giuseppe Castagnetti.
- 1st ed. 2020.
- Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2020.
- SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology, 2211-4564
SpringerBriefs in History of Science and Technology, 2211-4564
1 online resource (VI, 127 p. 2 illus.)
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- This book explores Albert Einstein’s move to Berlin and the establishment of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics under his directorship. Einstein’s call to Berlin was supported by a group of prominent physicists, including Fritz Haber, Walter Nernst, Max Planck, Heinrich Rubens, Emil Warburg, and the young astronomer Erwin Freundlich, in the expectation that Einstein and the institute would take the lead in advancing quantum physics in its early phase. Examining both the abortive attempt and the successful opening of the institute in 1917, it also discusses in detail the institute’s activities up to 1922, when Einstein relinquished the directorship, as well as his reasons for stepping down. The final chapter evaluates the institute’s activities and its role in the advancement of physics. In the end, the institute only partially fulfilled the expectations of its promoters because of the waning interest in quantum physics on the part of its director and board, and also because of Einstein’s refusal to exert scientific leadership. The book is part of a series of publications in the SpringerBriefs series on the early network of quantum physics.
- Chapter 1. Einstein Comes to Berlin
Chapter 2. The Foundation of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics
Chapter 3. The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics under Einstein’s Directorship 1917–1922
Chapter 4. Einstein’s Directorship: An Evaluation
- Castagnetti, Giuseppe. author., Author,
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- 10.1007/978-3-030-63122-2 doi
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