By Suman Seth

ISBN-10: 0262013738

ISBN-13: 9780262013734

Arnold Sommerfeld (1868--1951) used to be one of the most vital members to the delivery of contemporary theoretical physics. on the college of Munich, starting in 1906, he knowledgeable generations of theoretical physicists. 8 of his scholars (among them Werner Heisenberg, Wolfgang Pauli, and Hans Bethe) went directly to win the Nobel Prize. In Crafting the Quantum, Suman Seth bargains the 1st English-language book-length research of Sommerfeld's paintings, offering an highbrow and cultural heritage of theoretical physics in Germany considered throughout the lens of Sommerfeld's learn and pedagogy. Seth examines the sensible origins of the various difficulties undertaken by way of Sommerfeld and his university, a couple of which carried over from his years of educating at an engineering institution. a few of this examine was once later utilized through his scholars in the course of international struggle I to such difficulties because the balance of airplane wings and the functioning and directional operation of antennas. Seth describes intimately Sommerfeld's pedagogical perform, together with his attribute amalgamation of analysis and educating. He relates the historical past of the "older" quantum thought and Sommerfeld's engagement with the paintings of Max Planck and Niels Bohr and compares Sommerfeld's "physics of difficulties" to Planck's and Bohr's extra summary "physics of principles." to light up the character of Sommerfeld's paintings, Seth bargains unique descriptions of the contrasting paintings of different theorists. Seth's cutting edge account demanding situations idealist depictions of the character of theoretical paintings in physics, describing not just modes of perform but in addition the a number of components of highbrow, political, and social lifestyles from which technology attracts assets and to which it contributes.

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