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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Leon Rosenfeld (1904-1974) was a remarkable, many-sided physicist of exceptional erudition. He was at the center of modern physics and was well-known as Niels Bohr's close collaborator and spokesman. Besides he reflected deeply on the history and philosophy of science and its social role from a leftist perspective. As both actor and acute spectator of modern physics and as a polyglot cosmopolitan whose life crossed those of many important people in both the East and West, as well as by virtue of his close collaboration and friendship with Bohr, Rosenfeld was an important figure in twentieth century physics. His biography illuminates the development, popularization, and reception of quantum physics and its interpretation in addition to the development of the political Left. The book draws extensively from previously untapped, unpublished sources in more than five languages.

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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: 368
  • ID: 9789814307819
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 9814307815

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