Leon Rosenfeld: Physics, Philosophy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

Leon Rosenfeld: Physics, Philosophy, and Politics in the Twentieth Century

By: Anja Skaar Jacobsen (author)Hardback

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This book is a social-intellectual biography of the Belgian physicist Leon Rosenfeld (1904-1974). Rosenfeld was at the center of modern theoretical physics and he became the Danish physicist Niels Bohr's right-hand man. Rosenfeld was a perceptive, polyglot cosmopolitan, whose life crossed those of many important people in many countries. He was also a strong integrated personality capable of performing exotic calculations at one moment, while disentangling subtle philosophical questions or intervening in a political discussion the next - all at the highest level. This book aims at a broad audience interested in contextual history of twentieth century physics. No specialized knowledge of physics is required to read it.

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Contents

Physicist of the Second Quantum Generation; Postdoc in Paris, Gottingen, and Zurich; Rosenfeld in Copenhagen; Intellectual Leftist in the 1930s; Surviving the War in Utreght; Cold War Ideology and the Politics of Science; Bohr's Warrior.

Product Details

  • publication date: 17/01/2012
  • ISBN13: 9789814307819
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9789814307819
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 9814307815

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